Here are the live results for Arizona special election with Lesko, Tipirneni

Democrats test strength in deep-red Arizona special election

Ms. Lesko, a state senator, was declared the victor by the Associated Press late Tuesday night.

Tipirneni, 50, hopes to repeat several Democratic wins in recent months as the party seeks to retake the House from Republicans this fall.

Lesko replaces former Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican who resigned in December amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Tuesday night's special election in Arizona's 8th congressional district determined whether Republicans would keep the seat vacated by former Rep. Trent Franks, the Republican who resigned past year after he was accused of harassment.

The district sprawls across western Phoenix suburbs, covering some of the most conservative areas of the red state, including the retirement community of Sun City.

Even though Republicans avoided another stinging loss in a special election after losing a US Senate race in December in Alabama and Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District in March, the party's top operatives in Arizona and across the country anxious that the narrow margin was a signal of losses to come.

The first results of the race for U.S. House pitting Republican Debbie Lesko and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni are expected to be released shortly after 8 p.m. local time.

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Franks, R-Glendale, resigned in December after the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into accusations he had asked female staffers to be potential birth surrogates. "Every voter already got either a ballot in the mail or they got a sample ballot in the mail".

Early voting may decide whether the conservative 8th Congressional District will continue to be represented by a Republican or tip toward a Democrat, but voters still trickled into the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots.

Spokesmen for Republican Debbie Lesko and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni say they don't know of any serious voting problems.

And Arizona's 8th Congressional District has all the hallmarks of a place Republican should easily win: Voters in the predominantly senior and white district, where there are around 78,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats, backed President Donald Trump by 21 percentage points in 2016.

"This district isn't supposed to be competitive, and so to see this margin, especially with the Republicans pouring in resources here - again, it's a tough year", he said.

She has an extremely strong base of support in a district Franks had locked up since 2003.

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