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Ron Barber, Jesse Kelly campaigns launch flurry of tv ads

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 then-staffer Ron Barber in Tucson. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool, File)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Voters in southeastern Arizona’s 8th Congressional District are seeing a flurry of television ads in advance of the June 12 special election to pick a successor for Democrat Gabrielle Giffords.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Democrat Ron Barber, Republican Jesse Kelly and their parties are flooding the airwaves with commercials.

Pro-Barber ads portray Kelly as being too radical and extreme while ads supporting Kelly say Barber would be a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama.

Giffords resigned in January, saying she needed to concentrate on her recovery from a January 2011 shooting that left her critically wounded.

Barber was Giffords’ district director. Kelly nearly beat Giffords in the 2010 election.

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