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Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2), a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won the special election in June 2012 to claim the seat she resigned following her shooting, in which he was also injured. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords walks with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in front of a portrait of late U.S. Federal Judge John Roll before a dedication ceremony of the John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, at the Pivot Point Conference Center, across the street from the courthouse, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Judge Roll was killed during a shooting in Tucson in January 2011, where Giffords and Barber were also injured. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)

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** FILE ** Rep. Ron Barber, Arizona Democrat, speaks to the media in Tucson, Ariz., on Aug. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Ron Barber, Arizona Democrat, speaks to the media in Tucson on Aug. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Rep. Ron Barber, Arizona Democrat, speaks to the media in Tucson, Ariz., on Aug. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Democratic candidate Ron Barber (right), who won an election to fill former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional seat, celebrates the victory on June 12, 2012, with Giffords and supporters at a post-election event, in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Democratic candidate Ron Barber (right), who won an election to fill former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional seat, celebrates the victory on June 12, 2012, with Giffords and supporters at a post-election event, in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

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Democratic Rep. Ron Barber of Arizona hugs his wife, Nancy, on Election Day. Mr. Barber has pulled ahead of challenger Martha McSally by almost 700 votes after the Republican led by less than 500 votes in the days immediately after the election. (Associated Press)

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Democratic candidate Ron Barber celebrates his victory in a special election in Arizona Tuesday with Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman he succeeds, by his side. Mr. Barber easily topped Republican Jesse Kelly in a race in which both parties tested themes that will play out in the November election. (Associated Press)

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Democratic candidate Ron Barber celebrates his victory in a special election in Arizona Tuesday with Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman he succeeds, by his side. Mr. Barber easily topped Republican Jesse Kelly in a race in which both parties tested themes that will play out in the November election. (Associated Press)

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Ron Barber, seen here in January with then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, hopes to keep the seat that his former boss relinquished in the Democratic column in a special election on Tuesday. It is one of three House seats currently vacant. (Associated Press)

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Democratic congressional candidate Ron Barber celebrate Mr. Barber's victory in a special election on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz., to fill the vacant House seat that Ms. Giffords held. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Democratic congressional candidate Ron Barber celebrate Mr. Barber's victory in a special election on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz., to fill the vacant House seat that Mrs. Giffords held. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

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Ron Barber, seen here in January with then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, hopes to keep the seat that his former boss relinquished in the Democratic column in a special election on Tuesday. It is one of three House seats currently vacant. (Associated Press)

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Former astronaut Mark Kelly (from left), former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Ron Barber and Nancy Barber gather during a get-out-the-vote rally for Mr. Barber at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, June 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)