Nov 17, 2012 9:09 PM by Associated Press

Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally

PHOENIX (AP) - Democrat Ron Barber says he's "proud and honored" after he won a full term representing Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.

Barber squeaked out a win over Republican Martha McSally and gave Democrats a sweep of the state's three competitive races for U.S. House seats.

Voters decisively picked Barber to fill out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords term in a special election in June, but the Nov. 6 election was for a full term and was so tight it took until Saturday before a winner was clear.

An Associated Press analysis determined Barber's lead could not be overcome. Barber is Giffords' former district director.

Barber tells the AP he never expected to be in Congress and plans to get some work done in the coming two years.

McSally said at a news conference Saturday that her campaign did everything it could to win while upholding her values.


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