In a race that has remained too close to call, the votes are finally tabulated, and in the end Republican Congressional District 2 candidate Martha McSally, was unable to maintain the lead she had held over Democrat Ron Barber. Former Giffords aide Barber retained the congressional seat by a narrow margin of 1,402 votes out of a total of 285,479 ballots cast.
This is Martha McSally’s message:
“Today I called Congressman Barber to congratulate him on his victory. It was a hard fought campaign and I’m proud of the race we ran with integrity, honor, authenticity, and grace.
While ultimately we didn’t get the results we hoped for, I’m amazed at the historic nature of what we did with the odds stacked so high against us. Across this district, people of all political stripes who voted for President Obama and Richard Carmona also voted for me. As the single highest Republican vote getter in the district, over 141,000 people believed in our message of putting leadership and independent thinking ahead of party politics.
While this particular battle is over, I still have a fire in my belly to make a difference and serve our community and country. I look forward to seeing where that call to duty takes me next.”
We wish this outstanding woman all the best and hope to see her back in this race in two years. Our work is cut out for us. Democrats now hold a five-to-four advantage in Arizona’s House delegation in the upcoming 113th Congress.