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Jul 9, 2012 2:35 PM

Arizona canvass makes election of Barber official

PHOENIX (AP) - Ron Barber's election to fill a midterm vacancy in Arizona's U.S. House delegation is now official -- about two weeks after the Tucson Democrat formally took office in Washington.

State officials on Monday conducted the canvass from the June 12 special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Gabrielle Giffords.

Barber was sworn into office on June 19 in a U.S. House ceremony, and he immediately started casting votes as a representative.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says that seems premature but he says it's up to Congress to decide when to seat its members.

Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly and a Green Party candidate in the special election. Barber now faces a contested election for a full term.

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