On January 8, 2011, America was rocked when a deranged gunman opened fire at a political rally held in front of a Safeway grocery store in a Tucson suburb. Before the gunman was subdued, he shot and killed six people and wounded 13 others. Among those wounded was US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
Even though Giffords had been shot in the head, she managed to make a remarkable recovery that was watched closely by the entire nation. In January 2012, Giffords stepped down from her House seat, resulting in a special election to fill the vacated position. Democrat Ron Barber, who was also wounded in the same shooting, won the special election to fill the remainder of Giffords’ term.
In the 2012 general election, Barber won re-election to the House against Republican Martha McSally who is a retired Air Force Colonel. He defeated McSally by only 2,500 votes in a very close race.
Then Barber ran for re-election in this year’s midterm election and faced another tough challenge by Republican Martha McSally. After the election was over and the votes counted, McSally held the lead by only 161 votes out of over 220,000 votes cast. This automatically forced a recount which has taken nearly six weeks to complete.
On Wednesday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper announced that the final count had been completed and verified. The final count showed that McSally won by 167 votes. Barber graciously called to congratulate her and wished her well saying that the people of southern Arizona deserve the best.
Upon hearing of her victory, McSally released a statement saying:
“There’s no getting around that this was an incredibly close and hard-fought race. After what’s been a long campaign season, it’s time to come together and heal our community. That’s why my focus will be on what unites us, not what divides us, such as providing better economic opportunity for our families and ensuring our country and community are kept safe.”
McSally has stated that her two primary goals are to help spur economic growth in southern Arizona and to work to secure the border with Mexico. I wish her the best as Obama has repeatedly done everything in his power to prevent the securing of the border as the Democrats need several million more illegals to come and vote illegally in the 2016 election.
Now that the Tucson district House seat has been determined, it means that Republicans will have 247 seats in the House come January compared to the 188 held by democrats. This is the greatest majority they’ve held in the House for 83 years.
Hopefully with holding a nine seat led in the Senate, the two branches of Congress will finally be able to work together to help fix some of the problems our nation is facing. The only thing is Obama and his veto ready pen. If Obama consistently vetoes bills that Congress send to him, then it should show the nation who is their enemy and what’s been blocking progress for the past six years. And hopefully voters will realize that when they go to the polls in 2016.