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Apr 17, 2012 11:30 PM

Initial results show Kelly with commanding lead for GOP nom.

TUCSON - The polls are closed, and the first results show Jesse Kelly has a commanding 17-point lead for the GOP nomination for the Congressional District 8 Special Election.

Tonight's primary pitted four Republican challengers against each other, and with just over 43,000 votes counted, 2010 CD8 candidate and Tea Party favorite Jesse Kelly has 37.55 percent of the vote, compared to 22.82 percent from Martha McSally, the candidate with the second-highest vote count so far.

Frank Antenori has just over 20 percent of the vote, and Dave Sitton has 19 percent. These numbers come from the Pima County Elections Unofficial Results web page.

Ron Barber will be the Democratic nominee, and Charlie Manolakis will represent the Green Party in the CD8 Special General Election, to be held on June 12.

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