Jesse Kelly wins AZ-8 primary

| April 17 2012
Hannah Thoreson

From the Arizona Daily Star:

Republican Jesse Kelly maintained a big lead in Tuesday night’s special election, winning a four-way GOP race for a chance to represent southern Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

The GOP race determined Kelly will face Democrat Ron Barber for the seat vacated by his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords.

The Associated Press has him leading the next closest competitor, Martha McSally, 35.9% to 25.1% with 100% of the vote in.

Both Jesse Kelly and Martha McSally have military experience.  McSally retired from the Air Force as a colonel and had made some good appearances on cable TV, but it wasn’t enough.  Kelly’s name ID from a previous run in the district carried the day.

Frank Antenori and Dave Sitton also ran for the nomination.