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Arizona consultant: Rep. Barber will need Giffords to keep seat

PHOENIX -- Three years after she was shot and nearly killed in Tucson, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona remains a major player in Arizona politics.

Stan Barnes with Copper State Consulting said Giffords will play a dominant role the outcome of a tough midterm election involving her former staffer Ron Barber in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.

Barber was also wounded in the Tucson shooting and finished out Giffords' term before narrowly defeating Republican Martha McSally in 2012. They will likely face each other again in the fall.

"Wherever Giffords goes, who she endorses, wherever she appears, it helps that person," Barnes said. "In Ron Barber's case, considering it is her old district, it helps him 10 points or better. Her support is probably the only way that he can win this."

Barnes said even with Giffords' support Barber faces an uphill battle because of his support of the Affordable Care Act.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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