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Republicans Eke Out Win In Heavily GOP AZ House Seat

Republicans Eke Out Win In Heavily GOP AZ House Seat

Republicans Eke Out Win In Heavily GOP AZ House Seat

Republican Debbie Lesko won a special election for an Arizona House seat Tuesday.

David Hunt, a 64-year-old retired construction and warehouse worker from Glendale, said he cast his vote Tuesday for Lesko because he believed that immigrants in the country illegally are creating unfair competition for jobs for recent high school students in Arizona.

The southwestern state's 8th congressional district has been so reliably Republican - Trump won it by 21 points in 2016 - that Democrats had barely focused on it since 2012.

"We'd really like a change", he said.

Republicans held on to a congressional seat in the Arizona special election, despite Democrats" hopes that a third upset in a row would boost momentum for a "Blue Wave' in the November midterms. "Jeff Flake's open seat" in November. According to The Washington Post, Republican Debbie Lesko is the favorite to replace [Franks] because of her party's 17-percentage-point registration advantage in the district.

"These election results ought to startle Republicans in Arizona and nationally out of bed!"

However, Lesko had not escaped controversy: She has brushed off complaints made to the Federal Election Commission that she broke campaign finance laws during the primary by transferring $50,000 from her state campaign to an independent group that spent almost all the cash backing her congressional run.

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Tipirneni, a physician whose family immigrated from India when she was three, told Newsweek that she was motivated to run for political office by Trump's victory in 2016.

Last month Democrat Conor Lamb won a stunning upset over his Republican rival in southwestern Pennsylvania, where another congressman quit amid a sex scandal - and where Trump campaigned twice in a failed effort to keep the congressional seat in Republican hands.

The Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) poured over $1.3 million into the race from primary to election day, according to FEC filings, while Democratic outside groups spent just over $300,000.

Tipirneni raised $664,920 during the race, over $100,000 more than Lesko's $539,403. Meanwhile, Democratic groups largely stayed on the sidelines, though Tipirneni outraised Lesko overall. Not looking to nationalize the race, the party will spend money quietly in a contest and then announce its efforts shortly before polls close.

Candidates in other Arizona races were watching this result. The Democratic National Committee, like the RNC, sent in staff. She recalled being told when she first jumped into the race against Franks that winning would be impossible, and she shouldn't bother running in such a Republican district. "We can't have that", Trump says in the call, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, that went out to voters on April 6.

She has an extremely strong base of support in a district Franks had locked up since 2003. Trump made a last-minute appeal on Tuesday, urging voters to support Lesko, who he was "Strong on Border, Immigration and Crime".

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