PHOENIX — Republicans are focusing on President Barack Obama, not Gabrielle Giffords, and sensing a chance on Tuesday to capture the former congresswoman's seat in southern Arizona.3 comments on this story
The special election matches Republican Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010, and Democrat Ron Barber, a former Giffords aide.
Giffords relinquished the seat in January to concentrate on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head. Giffords and Barber were injured in the January 2011 shooting rampage outside a Tucson grocery store.
Democrats have tried to portray Kelly as a tea partyer who is too far to the right for the swing district. The GOP is trying to make the case that Barber would adamantly back the president's policies.