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Arizona, Elections, Politics

Aboud out, pathway clearing for Barber

Posted: March 31, 2012 at 4:00 am   /   by

Now that Gabrielle Giffords’ heir apparent has said he will also be running in the general election, other Democrats who had gotten into the race are clearing out.

Nan Walden said almost a fortnight ago that she was not going to get into the race. Paula Aboud, however, had planned to stay in at that time:

Sen. Paula Aboud said she’s staying in the race for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, despite Ron Barber’s announcement that he’ll seek a full term after the special election to replace former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Something in the last 12 days appears to have changed Senator Aboud’s mind, however:

State Sen. Paula Aboud on Friday dropped out of the race for a full term representing former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ southern Arizona congressional district, giving Giffords’ hand-picked successor an even better chance of winning his party’s primary.

Aboud’s decision to leave the race and endorse Giffords’ former district director, Ron Barber, leaves just two other Democrats still vying for their party’s nomination in the newly redrawn and re-numbered 2nd Congressional District. Barber was recruited and endorsed by Giffords, making him the perceived front-runner.

Rep. Matt Heinz and former U of A student Nomiki Konst are still in, though it is not clear at this time if they too will alter their plans, now that momentum is building behind Giffords’ “hand-picked successor.”