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Jun 11, 2012 5:34 PM

Volunteers drum up last minute support in CD8 race

TUCSON - On Tuesday, voters in eastern portions of Southern Arizona will decide who will fill the vacant seat of Congressional District 8.

The seat became vacant after Gabrielle Giffords resigned from office to focus on her recovery. The 42-year-old was seriously injured after being shot in the head January 8, 2011.

Giffords represented CD 8 for five years.

Ron Barber, who worked for Giffords and was also shot on January 8th, is the Democrat running for the empty seat. On Monday Barber told News 4 Tucson he was anxious to serve the district and was grateful for the help of the volunteers, "get those people out to vote that have already made up their minds, which I would guess is almost all of the electorate. There may be a few undecided votes out there but people know what they're going to do now it's just a matter of getting them to do it."

One of his volunteers, Kristel Foster, spent Monday pounding the pavement, going door-to-door reminding people to vote, "because if I don't, who will? This is so critical. We hear it in the news all the time, how close this race is."

Volunteers are working just as hard at the Jesse Kelly camp. The Republican lost to Giffords by a small margin in 2010. On Monday he told News 4 Tucson, "it's something we really try to get in the minds of people, that tomorrow is the day to let your voice be heard and that's what everything is geared toward getting out the vote."

Kelly said thousands of phone calls had been made and volunteers had knocked on hundreds of doors. Among those volunteers is Arielle Andelin, a senior at Salpointe Catholic High School, "my life depends on it. My future depends on it. This is going to affect the country, I believe, for the next years to come."

There are 328,495 registered voters in Congressional District 8. Results are expected sometime after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

For up-to-the-minute results during tomorrow's election, check out our Decision 2012 Election Center.

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