Jesse Kelly victorious in CD 8 special primary

Takes nearly 36 percent of vote in four-way primary

Congratulations are in order for Jesse Kelly, who decisively won the Special Primary in the Eighth Congressional District. Other Republicans in the race were Martha McSally, Dave Sitton and Frank Antenori.

Kelly’s message encompassed principles that resonated with voters, including lowering taxes, strengthening the economy and fostering a climate that allows businesses to grow, which in turn will provide more jobs for Arizona families.

A General Election will be held June 12, 2012.  Early voting begins May 17.

As previously noted, the vacancy exists through the retirement of U.S. Rep. Giffords. Gov. Jan Brewer issued this proclamation calling for the Special Primary.  In 2010, Conservative Kelly lost to incumbent Democrat Giffords by a slim 1+ point margin.

Final GOP tabulation with all 352 precincts in the district reporting.

Jesse Kelly:          35.71 %     25,679

Martha McSally:  24.95  %     17.943

Frank Antenori:   21.88  %     15,732

Dave Sitton:        17.05  %     12,261

Write-in:                 0.41  %          297

Click HERE to view final count from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

9 Responses to Jesse Kelly victorious in CD 8 special primary

  1. Dist.11 PC says:

    I saw that Frank Antenori and Martha McSally both conceded before final results were in. I’m still wondering where John McCain was hiding out when his early endorser Antenori needed him to return the favor? Personally I hope Antenori remembers this sucker punch. Still, I was happy to see Kelly win and by such a large margin. I wish I could have voted for him, but I’m not in the district.

  2. Pima Pal says:

    A McCain endorsement would be the kiss of death for anyone claiming to be a conservative. Personally, I think Antenori’s endorsement of McCain hurt him badly. Their alliance is based on Antenroi’s job with Raytheon and the fact that McCain is the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Don’t expect principles from either man. It’s all about money and power. Kelly is an ethical conservative who won’t bow at the feet of John McCain.

  3. teapartypatriot says:

    So, in the general election in the new CD2 (which has been gerrymandered by the d-cRAT Redistricting Commission to have far fewer Repubs than in the old CD8) there will be jesse kelly vs. the d-cRAT socialist / ABORTIONIST / unionist / eco-nut / ILLEGALS machine. That should be equivalent to placing a two-week old infant in a cage with a staving, rabid pit bull. Especially since, kelly, as in 2010, will get – at most – weak lip service support from the Arizona AMNESTY-JOHN mccain empire (Kelly is anti-AMNESTY) and he’ll get similarly feeble support from the rest of the Repub establishment (he’s a real conservative). On the other hand, corrupt, crazy pelosi, who misses her subservient Southern Arizona puppet, and will lavish the d-cRAT socialist candidate with hundreds of thousands of dollars, as will the unionists. And then there is the socialist media which will again pull out all the stops to defeat kelly.

    For those with weak stomachs, I suggest that you don’t look too closely at this campaign.

  4. robertbonville says:

    Jesse has got to win this seat. I hope his message resonates with independents. Conservatives can’t be complacent, they have to get out the vote, absolutely a must.

  5. JenniSan says:

    Kelly blew it last time and he’ll also lose this race handily. How many more chances are we going to give this guy? hang it up

    • American Dad says:

      Jesse Kelly lost one single election in a nail biter of a race. As a newcomer to politics, he came within a point and a half of beating a sitting incumbent congresswoman. That’s not chopped liver, as they say.

      Abraham Lincoln is rated among America’s best presidents, but he had numerous failures in his political career before he hit the big prize of the presidency. Are you saying Jesse Kelly should give up after coming much closer than Lincoln did? Is that ridiculous “hang it up” the the “loser” message you would give to your children? Kelly’s a combat veteran. He’ll stay in this to win. It’s clear you’re a liberal supporting Obama’s choice, Ron Barber.
      To put things in perspective, Jenni, here’s an overview of Lincoln’s failures.
      1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
      1833 – Failed in business
      1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
      1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
      1846 – Although he was elected to Congress, he lost re-nomination in 1848
      1849 – Turned away for a lowly land officer position
      1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
      1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
      1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
      1860 – As we call know, he was elected President of the United States

    • Orion says:

      I’m on to “JenniSan,” who it is clear uses a variety of aliases. Be aware this is just another liberal trying to pull a fast one, albeit wrapped in a carefully turned fortune cookie.

    • far more impressive was his 10 point lead in a ‘crowded field’ of ‘other than tea party’ candidates. that’s panache!

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