Barber takes victory in 2nd District Congressional race

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Barber takes victory in 2nd District Congressional race

CREATED Nov. 17, 2012

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A representative from Ron Barber's campaign office says Barber took the lead in votes and has won the race for Arizona's 2nd Congressional district.

"It's been a long wait, but here we are," said Congressman Ron Barber to a crowd of cheering supporters at his campaign office.

After nearly two weeks of counting remaining ballots -- Barber emerged as the winner of the newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District race that was neck-and-neck until the very end.

Barber now heads to Washington D.C. on a full term in Congress, after having won a special election in June to complete Gabrielle Gifford's term.

Tonight, he has a 1,400 lead over Republican challenger Martha McSally.

"While it was a close race... told me was that the message that we delivered resonated with the voters of this district," he said.

Barber told the crowd that he is grateful for this opportunity and plans to focus his energy on helping the middle class.

"Whether you voted for me or not, I want to hear from you and I will do my best to represent every one of my constituents -- and thank you deeply from my heart,"

This morning, Martha McSally, a retired Air Force Colonel called Barber by phone to congratulate him.

"We ran a great campaign and our message mattered even though we came up a little bit short in the end," she told her supporters at a press conference.

McSally thanked all her volunteers and her campaign for all their hard work.

"We did everything we could in 147 days, worked tirelessly against some prevailing wins that were not in our direction,' she said.