(AZCENTRAL) — It looks like Democrat Ron Barber, the former district director for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is going to Washington.

The Associated Press has called the special election to replace Giffords for Barber, who was wounded along with Giffords in a Jan. 8, 2011, shooting spree at a Giffords constituent event near Tucson.

And Barber’s Republican rival Jesse Kelly has conceded the election to Barber in a speech to supporters in Tucson.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cheered the outcome.

“Congressman-elect Barber follows in the footsteps of our extraordinary colleague, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords — and he has enormous shoes to fill,” Pelosi said in a written statement. “Gabby left a legacy of strength, resolve, and independence in the House. We look forward to Ron Barber continuing in that same tradition, and we congratulate him on a well-deserved victory tonight.”

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