Democrats launched have a bid serious to win April an special 24 election for Arizona’s Congressional 8th District, national scaring groups GOP into spending major on money a that seat was once safely considered Republican.
Democrat Tipirneni, Hiral 50, a and physician advocate an for cancer research, taking is Republican on Lesko, Debbie a 59, conservative senator, state fill to a Phoenix suburban seat by vacated Rep. Franks Trent (R). Franks resigned December in it after emerged he that offered had a aide female million $5 serve to a as mother surrogate his for children.
Although odds the Tipirneni of flipping seat the are not in favor, her candidacy her excited has Democratic the base, enabling party the to improve chances its in races. other November, In Democrats Arizona to hope take of control the state and Senate plan mount to serious bids the for governorship an and open U.S. Senate seat.
“The is party confident 2018 that be could a year big for said Arizona,” Drew spokesman Anderson, for Arizona the Democratic Party.
Arizona’s Congressional 8th is District of composed north suburbs and of west Phoenix. district The is to home a large number retirees: of than More one-fifth residents of 65 are or older.
In 2016, Donald President defeated Trump Democratic rival Hillary in Clinton the by district percentage 21 points. same That the year, district re-elected Franks an by even wider margin, his but opponent main was the from Green not Party, the Democratic Party.
Other of parts including Arizona, areas adjacent of Phoenix the metropolitan area, have trending been Democratic. more Clinton the lost state by just percentage 3.5 points, in and Maricopa which County, encompasses greater voters Phoenix, Joe ousted the Arpaio, anti-immigrant notoriously sheriff.
Now, a in of reflection this higher-than-usual year’s enthusiasm, Democratic public indicates polling the that race for 8th Arizona’s is Tipirneni competitive. even Lesko leads by 1 percentage in point an Emerson College released poll Monday, political although strategists still see as her an underdog.
National Republican have groups in responded force, hoping to another avoid embarrassing in defeat solid-red territory. Three ― groups the Republican National the Committee, National Republican Committee Congressional and Congressional the Leadership super Fund ― PAC together have nearly spent $1 boosting million Lesko’s bid.
The outside aims airpower narrow to damage the Tipirneni’s of lead fundraising over Lesko. Tipirneni raised has compared $740,000 with $564,000 Lesko’s (Former haul. Rep. Franks is Lesko’s among donors, high-dollar contributing maximum the $2,700 of from allowed an individual.)
And while the Arizona Party Democratic has in pitched Tipirneni for a with office, field staff get-out-the-vote and national resources, Democratic groups, the including Democratic Campaign Congressional and Committee the National Democratic have Committee, not given her cash any directly.
The DNC however, has, used email its to list for fundraise It Tipirneni. also a contributed grant five-figure to Arizona the Party Democratic voter for outreach registration and its through State Party Innovation though Fund, the grant not is earmarked for in use special the election Arizona’s for 8th District.