GOP focuses on Obama in bid for Giffords' seat

FILE - In this May 17, 2011 file photo, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is seen at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Giffords is appearing on ABC�s �20/20� show Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. It�s her first extended interview since the January rampage that killed six people and wounded 13. (AP Photo/southwestphotobank.com, P.K. Weis, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

FILE - In this May 17, 2011 file photo, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is seen at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Giffords is appearing on ABC�s �20/20� show Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. It�s her first extended interview since the January rampage that killed six people and wounded 13. (AP Photo/southwestphotobank.com, P.K. Weis, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

PHOENIX (AP) -- Republicans are focusing on President Barack Obama, not Gabrielle Giffords, and sensing a chance on Tuesday to capture the former congresswoman's seat in southern Arizona.

The special election matches Republican Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010, and Democrat Ron Barber, a former Giffords aide.

Giffords relinquished the seat in January to concentrate on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head. Giffords and Barber were injured in the January 2011 shooting rampage outside a Tucson grocery store.

Democrats have tried to portray Kelly as a tea partyer who is too far to the right for the swing district. The GOP is trying to make the case that Barber would adamantly back the president's policies.


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