GOP focuses on Obama in bid for Giffords' seat

By Walter Berry

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, June 10 2012 8:39 a.m. MDT

Mark Kelly, from left, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Ron Barber and Nancy Barber gather during a get-out-the-vote rally at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, June 9, 2012. Voters are deciding in Tuesday’s special election whether Republican Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010, or Democrat Ron Barber, asked by the lawmaker to pursue the seat, will complete the remainder of her term. Giffords relinquished the seat in January to concentrate on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.

Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat, Associated Press

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.

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.

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