Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2018

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Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2018

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Arizona's 8th congressional district

  Debbie Lesko, official portrait, 115th Congress.jpg Hiral Tipirneni by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nominee Debbie Lesko Hiral Tipirneni
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 96,012 87,331
Percentage 52.4% 47.6%

U.S. Representative before election

Trent Franks
Republican

Elected U.S. Representative

Debbie Lesko
Republican

A special election for Arizona's 8th congressional district was held in 2018 subsequent to the resignation of U.S. Representative Trent Franks. Governor Doug Ducey called a special primary election for Tuesday, February 27, 2018, and a special general election for Tuesday, April 24, 2018.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Incumbent Representative Trent Franks announced on December 7, 2017, that he would resign effective January 31, 2018, after admitting allegations regarding the issue of surrogacy. However, after his wife was hospitalized, Franks resigned effective December 8, 2017.[3]

Candidates must file nomination forms and petitions within 30 days of the Governor's proclamation. Arizona's resign-to-run law does not require someone to resign if they file to run when they are in the final year of their term. However, the deadline to submit nominating petitions will be January 10 and the end of the current term for members of the Arizona Legislature is January 14, 2019, meaning current state lawmakers will not be able to run in the special election and for re-election unless they resign from the legislature.[4] Candidates in special congressional elections in Arizona must collect a number of valid signatures equal to at least one-fourth of 1% of the number of qualified signers in the district. For the 2018 special election, a Democratic candidate requires 665 signatures, a Green candidate requires 392 signatures, a Libertarian candidate requires 401 signatures, a Republican candidate requires 860 signatures, and an Independent candidate requires 4,680 signatures.[5]

Republican primary[edit]

Two of the major candidates in the Republican primary drew controversy late in the campaign. Former state senator Steve Montenegro faced calls to withdraw, including by former Governor Jan Brewer, after news articles revealing sexually suggestive text messages between Montenegro and a legislative staffer surfaced.[6] Additionally, complaints were filed against former state senator Debbie Lesko over her campaign finance records.[7]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Kevin Cavanaugh, former deputy sheriff[11]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Steve Montenegro
Individuals

Debates[edit]

  • Dan Nowicki (January 25, 2018). "GOP Congress hopefuls try to outdo each other on border security, loyalty to Trump". The Arizona Republic. Includes video of debate, January 24, 2018.

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Debbie
Lesko
Phil
Lovas
Richard
Mack
Steve
Montenegro
Bob
Stump
Clair
Van Steenwyck
Undecided
ABC 15/OH Predictive Insights (R) January 29, 2018 400 ± 4.9% 21% 12% 1% 21% 10% 5% 24%
Remington Research (R-Jobs, Freedom, and Security PAC) January 20–21, 2018 787 ± 3.5% 22% 24% 11%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Debbie Lesko 25,508 35.8%
Republican Phil Lovas 17,031 23.9%
Republican Steve Montenegro 16,987 23.8%
Republican Bob Stump 3,832 5.4%
Republican Clair Van Steenwyk 1,692 2.4%
Republican Christopher Sylvester 1,370 1.9%
Republican David Lien 1,261 1.8%
Republican Richard Mack 1,014 1.4%
Republican Mark Yates 799 1.1%
Republican Chad Allen 747 1.0%
Republican Brenden Dilley 734 1.0%
Republican Stephen Dolgos 345 0.5%
Total votes 72,155 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hiral Tipirneni 21,703 59.6%
Democratic Brianna Westbrook 14,701 40.4%
Total votes 36,404 100.0%

Green primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Richard Grayson (write-in), candidate in Green Party presidential primary in Arizona in 2012[8]
  • Gary Swing (write-in), Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator in Arizona in 2016[8]

Each candidate received 13 write-in votes in the primary. Neither was placed on the special election ballot.[27]

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Kelly Noble (write-in)[28]

The candidate received 22 write-in votes in the primary and was not placed on the special election ballot.[29]

General election[edit]

Debbie Lesko at a campaign event in Peoria, Arizona.
Hiral Tipirneni at a campaign event in Sun City, Arizona.

Republican candidate Debbie Lesko received over $1 million in funding from Republican groups outside the state.[30]

Candidates[edit]

Debates[edit]

Host
network
Date Link(s) Participants
Hiral
Tipirneni (D)
Debbie
Lesko (R)
KAET March 26, 2018 [33] Invited Invited

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[34] Likely R April 18, 2018
Inside Elections/Rothenberg Political Report[35] Likely R February 28, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[36] Likely R March 14, 2018

Endorsements[edit]

Debbie Lesko
Federal politicians
Local and statewide politicians
Organizations
Hiral Tipirneni
Federal politicians
Local and statewide politicians
Labor unions
Organizations

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Debbie
Lesko (R)
Hiral
Tipirneni (D)
Other Undecided
Emerson College April 19–22, 2018 400 ± 5.2% 49% 43% 8%
Lake Research Partners (D-Tipirneni) April 14–16, 2018 408 ± 4.9% 44% 44% 11%
Emerson College April 12–15, 2018 400 ± 5.2% 45% 46% 4% 5%
OH Predictive Insights April 11, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 53% 43% 4%
Lake Research Partners (D-Tipirneni) March 3–6, 2018 400 48% 34% 18%

Results[edit]

Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2018[69]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Debbie Lesko 96,012 52.37%
Democratic Hiral Tipirneni 87,331 47.63%
Total votes 183,343 100.0
Majority 8,681 4.74%
Republican hold Swing -16.2%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official Campaign Websites