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Unofficial results: Kelly wins CD8 Republican primary
Antenori, McSally and Sitton concede
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Unoffical results show Republican Jesse Kelly as the winner of the Congressional District 8 Special Election Primary.
The other three candidates: Frank Antenori, Martha McSally, and Dave Sitton, have all conceded.
Jesse now faces off against Democrat and former Giffords aide Ron Barber in the June 17th General Election. Giffords tapped her aide as her preferred replacement.
Barber released this statement on the election results:
"I am running for Congress to help rebuild Southern Arizona's middle class. I am committed to solutions that create jobs, and balance the budget the right way-not on the backs of our seniors. Creating good middle-class jobs, looking out for our military and their families and veterans, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and securing our border---those will be my main priorities in Congress. "Unfortunately, Jesse Kelly's agenda would put the rich first and leave middle class families last. He supports a radical tax plan that would increase taxes by 23% for middle class families while lowering them for millionaires and billionaires. When it comes to benefits that seniors have spent a lifetime to earn, Jesse Kelly said that Medicare should be eliminated - seniors need to 'get off the public dole'-and Social Security should be 'phased out.' Jesse Kelly would even abolish the minimum wage. Kelly's priorities are the wrong priorities for Southern Arizona's middle class families and seniors."
Also on the General Election ballot: Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis.