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Barber files more than 5,400 signatures in CD8 special election

This Jan. 23, 2012 file photo shows U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., touring the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center, one of her favorite charities, with her staffer Ron Barber in Tucson, Ariz. Barber, a top aide to former Congresswoman Giffords, is expected announce his candidacy to run in a special election to serve as an interim replacement for the Arizona Democrat who was wounded in a shooting rampage a year ago. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool, File)

Ron Barber, who opened his campaign by raising more than $100,000 in three days, boasted another stunning number today when he submitted 5,472 signatures for the special election in the 8th Congressional District.

Barber, the lone Democrat in the special election field, shattered the minimum requirement of 671 signatures for Democrats to get on the special election ballot.

A spokesman for Barber would not say how much he’s raised so far, but he brought in about $123,000 through the Democratic fundraising PAC ActBlue, according to the group’s website.

On the Republican side, three Republicans filed on Friday. Monday is the deadline to file for the special election to serve out the remainder of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ term.

Sen. Frank Antenori led the GOP pack with 1,676 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. Sportscaster Dave Sitton turned in 1,158 signatures and 2010 Republican nominee Jesse Kelly turned in 848. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Martha McSally will file about 1,200 signatures on Monday, according to a campaign spokesman.

Republican candidates need 782 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The primary for the special election will be April 17, followed by a June 12 general election.

Barber was the district director to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely injured in January 2011 in mass shooting in Tucson that injured 12 people and killed six. Giffords resigned last month to focus on her recovery, and quickly endorsed Barber to succeed her seat.

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