But in a year where Democrats, buoyed by anti-Trump fervor, have consistently overperformed their Republican counterparts, the party will look at the loss as a sign that a blue wave is about to crash on Republicans in the general election later this year.
"I congratulate Debbie Lesko on a hard-fought campaign and wish her good luck in Congress", she said. She's a proponent of Republican tax cuts and the president's plan to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Lesko's 5-point margin over Tipirneni, if maintained, would be much closer than the 21 points President Donald Trump won the district by in 2016 and may give Democrats more momentum heading into November's midterm elections.
If seats like Pennsylvania's 18th and Arizona's 8th are competitive, then the number of Republican vulnerabilities is bigger than anyone thought.
Republican Debbie Lesko has won the U.S. House election in Arizona, keeping the seat in GOP control, according to The Associated Press.
Spokesmen for Republican Debbie Lesko and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni say they don't know of any serious voting problems. "There's a drag on the midterms for Republican candidates that's being created by the national narrative".
In Arizona, former Republican state Senator Debbie Lesko has won a special congressional election to fill the seat of far-right-wing Congressmember Trent Franks, who resigned past year after multiple female staff members said he asked them if they would give birth to his children because he and his wife were having trouble conceiving.
Lesko slammed Tipirneni as being out of touch with voters who oppose government-run health care.
National Democratic groups didn't commit money to ads in the race, but in recent weeks, some progressive groups spent to back Tipirneni, and she ran non-stop TV ads in the last week of the election. Giffords represented the district before retiring in January 2012 due to health reasons after being shot. So, she has got to crush this. "A win is a win and she's going to be in Congress and the Democrats not", the press secretary said.
In the wake of that controversy, as well as several embarrassing finishes in other national races, fundraising groups like the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Congressional Leadership Fund pulled out all the fundraising stops, collectively infusing more than $1 million into the district to boost Lesko's campaign. Ryan allies got involved in the race to ensure there was no Democratic upset.
"That was a different election", Sanders said on Fox News. "It's time for us to vote the Republicans out.".