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Voter turnout at 28 percent in CD8 primary

Jesse Kelly, center, Republican candidate for southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District, smiles as he waits for special election results with his wife Aubrey Kelly, left, at the Viscount Suite Hotel in Tucson on April 17. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, David Sanders)

TUCSON — Voter turnout was 28 percent for the special primary election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

Election results from the Secretary of State’s office shows less than 117,000 ballots were cast Tuesday in the district’s 352 precincts.

The 8th District has nearly 415,000 registered voters.

Voters picked Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a June 12 special general election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman.

Kelly beat three other GOP candidates — state Sen. Frank Antenori, retired U.S. Air Force pilot and political newcomer Martha McSally, and Tucson businessman and longtime sports broadcaster Dave Sitton.

Kelly is a businessman and tea party favorite who nearly unseated Giffords in 2010.

Giffords tapped Barber as her preferred replacement and he had no challengers in the Democratic primary.

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