Democrats avoided a second election loss in as many weeks Tuesday as Democrat Ron Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly in an Arizona special election for the House seat previously held by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a Tucson shopping center.
Barber, a former aide to Giffords, defeated Republican Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who narrowly lost a House race to Giffords in 2010.
The 66-year-old Barber was seriously injured in the same rampage in which Giffords was shot. Six others were killed.
Both the GOP and the Democrats were using the race to hone and test their political arguments for the November elections, when everything from the White House on down will be on the ballot.
This is great news for the Democrats! After what happened in Wisconsin this victory feels really good.
Personally I think it's clear that the deciding factor in this race was Gabby Giffords. She may be one of the most effective campaigners on the Democrats side right now.
Still let's give some credit to Arizona for keeping yet another Teabagging asshole away from Washington.