"Congressman-elect Barber ... follows in the footsteps of our extraordinary colleague, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords - and he has enormous shoes to fill. 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."
- Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., minority leader, U.S. House of Representatives
"It is clear that Ron Barber knew that voters in this district would never accept his true positions on President Obama's agenda, which have made a bad economy worse in this state. That explains why he did his best to conceal his support for so much of that agenda. Barber will not have that advantage in November when he will be on the ballot with President Obama."
- Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman
"Arizona's 8th Congressional District has more registered Republicans than Democrats. This race has been rated a toss-up throughout the election, and Republican outside groups outspent Democratic outside groups by more than $500,000. ... The Republican plan lost."
- Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman
"The way the audio clips were chopped up and used against him (Kelly) was truly awful on Barber's part."
- David Jacobs, a Kelly supporter in Tucson who attended the Republican's election-night gathering