Jun 12, 2012 2:58 PM
TUCSON - Both major candidates for the Congressional District 8 have voted in today's special election - the first results from Pima County are expected after 8 p.m. tonight.
Democratic candidate Ron Barber was joined by Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned from the seat earlier this year, and her husband Mark Kelly, as he voted at St. Cyril's of Alexandria church in midtown Tucson.
Jesse Kelly chatted with supporters before voting in his polling place in Rancho Vistoso, in Oro Valley.
The Pima County Elections Department has received, verified and counter over 125,000 early ballots in Pima County, but state law prohibits the release of these votes before 7 p.m, according to Election Director Brad Nelson.
At 8 p.m., Pima County Elections Department personnel will begin the process of generating reports reflecting unofficial election results, and will then post these results to the web, Nelson stated in a news release. It is expected that the first results from Pima County will be on the website by 8:20 p.m.
However, the official winner may not be known for days, Nelson stated. In 2012, the results in CD8 were so close that conclusive results were not known until the Friday after Election Day.
Log on to KVOA.com for Pima County and state-wide election results throughout the evening.