Republicans declared victory on Wednesday in an Arizona election for a U.S. House of Representatives seat after a tight race that could bolster Democratic momentum heading into November’s midterm vote.
Multiple news networks called the race for Republican Debbie Lesko, over Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room doctor. Lesko is a former Arizona state senator who left the legislature in January.
“I want to promise you that I am going to continue to work hard for the people of my district and continue to represent you with the values that have continued to make our nation great,” Lesko told her supporters in a speech on Tuesday night.
Lesko had a lead of slightly more than 5 percentage points over Tipirneni, according to the latest results posted by the Arizona secretary of state. It is closer than the 21-point margin that Trump commanded in the district in the 2016 presidential election and may add to the Democrats’ momentum heading into November’s midterm elections.