Giffords declared winner

Yael Schusterman

The suspense ended Friday as U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was announced the winner in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

According to the election summary report from the Pima County Elections Department, Giffords received 49.9 percent of the vote to Jesse Kelly’s 46.1 percent.

The Associated Press reported Kelly’s response to his loss.  

“”I would like to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my wife Aubrey, who has been by my side this entire time, my family, for their unwavering support and the thousands of warriors who fought with me in this campaign,”” he said.