Republican Martha McSally narrowly prevailed Wednesday over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in a recount to decide the final undecided congressional race of 2014.
McSally won by a 167-vote margin in Arizona’s second congressional district, which was represented by Rep. Gabby Giffords, a Democrat, until she was shot in 2011. Barber, Gifford’s former district director, won a special election to succeed her after she left Congress to focus full-time on her recovery and, later, gun-control advocacy.
The race marked a second meeting between McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, and Barber, who faced off in 2012 in a comparably tight contest. Barber was not declared the winner of that race until more than one week after Election Day, by a margin of a few thousand votes.
Before the race was called in 2012, McSally, stuck in a sort of political purgatory, attended some events for new members of Congress in Washington, including a reception hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. She was back again this year as a rare two-time attendee, with the result of her race still pending.