Polls Open In Race For U.S. House Seat In Arizona's 8th Congressional District

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:28am
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:29am
(Photo by Bret Jaspers - KJZZ)
Debbie Lesko and Hiral Tipirneni campaign in April 2018.

Polls are open in the West Valley for Tuesday's special election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat in which Republican Debbie Lesko and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni are running to replace former Congressman Trent Franks.

Tipirneni is an emergency room physician and a cancer research advocate, while Lesko served in the state Senate until recently, representing parts of Arizona's 8th Congressional District since 2009.

The district covers Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, and parts of Glendale and Litchfield Park. It stretches north to New River and includes Luke Airforce Base.

Franks is a Republican who resigned in December amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Tipirneni is trying to pull off an upset, but Republicans have a sizable lead in both voter registration in the district and in early ballots already cast in the special election.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voting information is available at maricopa.vote.

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