Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer has officially received Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' resignation letter, and now has 72 hours to make a decision on when to hold a special election to fill Southern Arizona's District 8 seat.

"This morning, I received the official letter of resignation from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords," Brewer said. "As a fellow elected official, I know her district will miss her leadership. As a friend, I am so sorry Gabby's resignation has come under these circumstances. ‘

"From the Arizona House of Representatives to the U.S. Congress, Gabby has always served her constituents with dignity and distinction. Her service will be deeply missed, and I join the people of Arizona in praying for her continued recovery."

As per Arizona law, Giffords' office will officially be declared vacant at 5 p.m. Wednesday. At that time, Brewer will have 72 hours to set a date for a special primary election.

The winner of the special primary and general election will finish the ramainder of Giffords' term, which expires in January of next year.

Early indications are that the primary election could be held in April, and the general in June.

Candidates will have to act quickly to get into the special election.

Some names already being rumored are that of State Sen. Frank Antenori, who currently serves in District 30.



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