Republicans were cautiously optimistic that Debbie Lesko, a former federal state legislator, would prevail in the Tuesday's election for an open house in the US House of Representatives. (Bob Christie / AP)
The Republicans in Arizona won a closely watched special election on Tuesday, challenging a Democrat prime candidate to retain the seat of a US House of Representatives in the hands of the GOP.
The Associated Press called the race based on Republican leadership in the early poll. Debbie Lesko, a former prosecutor, had an advantage over Hiral Tipirneni, a Democratic doctor who made her first appearance, by 52.9 percent to 47.1 percent.
Lesko's election observatory, which was attended by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) and some 70 supporters, set off in a private home in the western suburbs of Phoenix Prost.
"This is the # 39; s success – here are the Republicans who win this year!" Said a cheering Lesko of the group on a toast.
The Republicans, dismayed by their loss last month in a special election for a Pennsylvania Congress, welcomed the results in Arizona as energetic Democrats have turned even the most reliable GOP seats are competitive. The GOP is facing a fierce political headwind, the opposition of an unpopular president and the resignation of its leader, Paul D. Ryan (R-WI). GOP control of the House of Representatives is threatened in November's midterm elections.
"Debbie conducted a smart campaign focusing on topics that were important to the electorate, such as more home work, fewer regulations, and a safe limit." Ryan said. "Their victory proves Republicans have a positive record this fall, and we must aggressively sell our message to the American people for the next seven months."
The Republicans had been cautiously optimistic in the 8th congressional district, where President Trump won by 21 percentage points in 2016 and Trent Franks, who had resigned last year, had gained 37 points. Even so, the GOP did not take it for granted, with party committees and PACs investing more than $ 1.1 million in advertising and campaigning and tapping Trump to call voters.
Lesko will replace Franks resigned in December after being reportedly offered to pay $ 5 million to a co-worker to carry his child as a surrogate mother.
The President spoke at the last minute to Lesko on Tuesday.
"Arizona, please go out today and vote @DebbieLesko for Congress in # AZ08 Strong Against Border, Immigration and Crime Great for the Military Time is ticking – get out and vote today We need Debbie im Congress! "He said via Twitter.
Democrats who did not invest as much in the race as in other special elections said that the numbers provided a promising boost to their party.
Hiral Tipirneni, Democratic candidate for special elections in the 8th electoral district of Arizona, speaks on April 10 at a restaurant in Sun City, Ariz., With a supporter (Ross D. Franklin / AP)
Days ago In the special elections, the Republicans have shot up the rhetoric to bring their voters to the polls.
On Saturday, MP David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) Told readers at the launch of the contest that national liberals use the special elections "Radicalized" their base and raise money
"It's one group from the other Side of the country trying to get a group of people to get $ 25 for a bigger list for the next election, "said Schweikert. "They are basically the parasite class that our community uses for their radical policies, and we need to crush them."
In one of Lesko's last interviews before Tuesday's election, she told conservative activist Lloyd Marcus that victory was a victory Democrats who had become more self-conscious after election riots in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 19659019] "Some of these radical groups really want to take over our country," said Lesko. They use demonstrators, they lie, they are deceptive, and I think they want to destroy the principles that make this country great. "
Strategists from both parties had expected Lesko to win. Republican optimism was largely due to early voters who had cast 154,076 votes on Friday. Nearly half of the returned ballots, 48.5 percent, were occupied by Republicans; Only 27.7 percent were occupied by Democrats. The average age of all district residents is 43; The average early voter was 68 years old.
In the final weeks of the race, Tipirneni argued that crossover voters would be close to the race and give her a chance to make a surprise. Her campaign focused heavily on Medicare, telling voters that it would strengthen the program by allowing younger Americans to shop, and warned that Lesko's tax cuts would jeopardize the program.
"In our office No day goes by when people do not come in and say," I'm a Republican, but I vote for you, "Tipirneni said Sunday at a Fox News local branch.
Lesko had the support of a trio of republican groups that moved the seat after the victory of Democrat Conor Lamb at a special election in Pennsylvania on March 13. Together, the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and Congressional Leadership Fund gave more than $ 900,000 for the Arizona Races, almost all of it, to spend Republican votes.
In his robotic phone call, Trump warned that "if illegal immigrants flow directly over their borders, Democrats will win the house." Nancy Pelosi wants a liberal Send Democrats to the congress to represent you, "Trump says in the appeal referring to the House Minority Leader we do not have. "