Arizona Republican declares victory in tight race for House seat

The special election train pulls into Arizona on Tuesday when the votes will be counted from the state's 8th Congressional District

The special election train pulls into Arizona on Tuesday when the votes will be counted from the state's 8th Congressional District

Past elections have yielded similar results: during the 2008 presidential election, John McCain won the district by 22 points, despite winning the state by a smaller margin of 8.5 percentage points overall.

In contrast, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, the primary House Republican super PAC, each poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race.

Multiple news networks called the race for Republican Debbie Lesko, over Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room doctor. The Associated Press called it for Lesko when she had 53 percent of the vote and her challenger had 47 percent.

"CNN has projected that Republicans won the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, but once again Democrats have over-performed in a deep red district, in another sign the national environment is in the their favor", writes the left-leaning network. But there's an added problem for Republicans - a great many seats in November will be open seats because of GOP retirements. What is a surprise, though, is the fact that Lesko only managed to win by less than ten percent in a district that is so heavily Republican. "It's time for us to vote the Republicans out.". "It shouldn't have been this close". "It doesn't matter whether you win by 25 points or two points, a win is a win and she's going to be in Congress, and the Democrat's not".

Democrat Hiral Tiperneni carried out strongly, which bolsters the celebration's argument that enthusiasm stays excessive for his or her candidates and helps reinforce their argument {that a} so-called "blue wave" is coming this fall.

Republican Debbie Lesko won the House special election in Arizona Tuesday night, holding off a closer-than-expected Democratic challenge in a district that President Donald Trump won by 21 points in 2016.

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Mike Noble, a GOP pollster based in Arizona, told Politico Republicans should be "slamming" the alarm. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, looks altogether winnable.

Really, the bright spot for Trump is anywhere but this story, as generic ballot polling for November has Republicans performing significantly better in that scenario (only down by about 7 points) than they have been in special elections during Trump's presidency, while this particular performance was even worse. The relative difference between Democrats and Republicans in registration among those who voted was about equal to overall registration figures.

"Our communities have shown the courage to demand more of Washington and more of our representatives", Tipirneni said. Liberal groups spent $1.8 million in Pennsylvania.

In contrast to the March particular election in Pennsylvania, the place there was a powerful suburban inhabitants, the eighth Congressional District in Arizona, has a historical past of being reliably purple. The Democratic National Committee, like the RNC, has sent in staff. "We need Debbie in Congress!", Trump said.

Ms. Lesko, a former state senator, campaigned as a supporter of the Trump agenda.

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