November 6th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats hold on to Arizona congressional seat

Washington (CNN) - Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has won a third term in the U.S. House over Republican Jesse Kelly, leaving just eight congressional races still undecided.

Kelly, an Iraq war veteran and Tea Party favorite, conceded to Giffords late Friday, saying in a statement, "We are blessed by God to live in a nation where we get the government we deserve and the government that we chose. The voters of Southern Arizona have spoken and I respect their decision."

Giffords received 49 percent of the vote, while Kelly received 47 percent.

Giffords faced a tough challenge from Kelly in Arizona's Republican-leaning 8th District, which went for Sen. John McCain in 2008, and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.

The tight race prompted MSNBC host Keith Olbermann to donate $2,400 - the maximum allowed - to Gifford. Olbermann also donated $2,400 to the campaign of Rep. Raul Grijalva, who faced a similar challenge in Arizona's neighboring 7th district. Grijalva narrowly defeated Republican Ruth McClung.

Olbermann also donated money to Kentucky Democratic candidate Jack Conway's campaign, and has been suspended indefinitely for violating NBC's ethics policies.

–CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. A Kickin` Donkey

    A dem, Napolitano used to be Governor and with these Congressional wins, I`ll bet money the Democrats can win Arizona in the Presidential election in2012.

    McCain naturally won his "home" state in 2008 but given the anti-hispanic tone from Republicans and these strong showings Arizona is in play.

    November 6, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. LindaC

    When you bus people across the border, feed them lunch, get them to vote, and bus them back, well..........

    November 6, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Jan

    It is just to bad gabby won. I do not know how anyone could vote for her over Kelly. All she did is lie, lie. lie about him, and smeared his name. I can not stand that woman. Maybe next time she will be defeated.

    November 6, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. anagram_kid

    The Tea Party sure had a lot of defeats in this election. I guess they didn’t get their 18th century country back after all.

    November 6, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    so much for tea party favorite. Whats with the government we deserve remark. ???

    November 6, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Jim S

    democrats need to hold firm on health reform and the tax cuts that will expire soon
    with the remaining democrats there can be no caveing in to the bullies in the republican party
    to cave in would be to say heres my lunch money do with it what ever you want im to afraid to say no

    November 6, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. ss26mar

    I want to see the numbers. What were the vote tallies per voting location. did they match the population spread? Did they match the voting trends per the district? Are there polling places with usual spikes in democratic votes? so if anyone can tell me where I can get them I thank you.

    November 6, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Thom

    So the Democrats did hold on to key seats, regardless of the smoke Palin was blowing out of her glutes. This "voice of
    the people" is just the tin foil hat voters who can't resist the reverse psychology that the Republicans use, because they aren't versed in carnival trickery like the rest of Americans are. The Republicans will soon have the curtain pulled back on them,
    then it will be 2008 all over again.

    November 6, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. waterflaws in Denver

    "It is outrageous that General Electric/MSNBC would suspend Keith Olbermann for exercising his constitutional rights to contribute to a candidate of his choice. This is a real threat to political discourse in America and will have a chilling impact on every commentator for MSNBC.

    At a time when the ownership of Fox News contributed millions of dollars to the Republican Party, when a number of Fox commentators are using the network as a launching pad for their presidential campaigns and are raising money right off the air, it is absolutely unacceptable that MSNBC suspended" him.

    This states the heart of the matter, and should be repeated as often as necessary. A "free and independent press [media]" – yeah, Right!

    November 6, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Jonathan

    How did this turn into a story about Keith Olbermann ?

    November 6, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Chipster

    Just heard one of the Tea Party folks advocate adhering to the Democratic "Pay As You Go (PayGo)" policy. Then, he said that we must renew the Bush Tax Cuts – uh – he didn't say how he plan to PAY to GO in that direction.

    November 6, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Charles W. Skinner

    It does not surprise me that in an illegal immigration corridor the Democrat party eeks out a win. A Democrat who is openly against the enforcement of immigration laws of the nation, and openly against the actions taken by the State of Arizona to protect itself. This is the outcome when the State of Arizona is prohibited from confirming citizenship in implementing the 'Motor Votor Act.' They can confirm residency, but the 9th Circuit's decision to prohibit confirming citizenship in registration means an open season for illegal immigrants to register and illegally vote, thus tainting the election of our government officials.

    November 7, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. Chrisinmd

    Um... CNN why is Keith Olbermann mentioned in this post at all? Because he donated to her? I mean that's just a bit absurd. Did any other Democrats donate to her, did any lose? Why didn't you put "This person donated to her, but they lost!" or "This person donated to her and is under an ethics investigation..." ect. The post is about her winning her race and you just have to include the latest "controversy" in the story because why? that 2400$ was so the thing that pushed her over the edge? Oh please.

    November 7, 2010 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. cdg

    "Olbermann ... has been suspended indefinitely for violating NBC's ethics policies. "

    NBC has ethics?

    November 7, 2010 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  15. W.G.

    Like I said earlier gains made by the tea party are minimal I really think that it´s iresponsible that CNN and FOX
    Are trying to create news instead of just reporting it . The tea party is a mixture of racism and hate it always
    was and always will be associated with those 2 things .

    November 7, 2010 05:44 am at 5:44 am |