Republican Debbie Lesko wins Arizona special election

Republican Debbie Lesko won a special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District on Tuesday, a race that was closer than expected in a strongly conservative area. Lesko beat Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, 53 percent to 47 percent, in a district President Trump won by 20 percentage points. The seat was vacated by former Rep. Trent Franks (R), who resigned last year in the midst of a sexual impropriety scandal. Republican groups put more than $1 million into the race, swamping Tipirneni’s war chest, but GOP pollster Mike Noble said the narrow win is still worrisome for the party: “This district isn’t supposed to be competitive, and so to see this margin, especially with the Republicans pouring in resources here — again, it’s a tough year.”

CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Debbie Lesko Republican 91,390 52.6%
Hiral Tipirneni Democrat 82,318 47.4

173,708 votes, 100% reporting (143 of 143 precincts)

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