The Republican Party is spending money on Arizona’s 8th congressional district special election, even though Donald Trump carried the seat by 21 percentage points.
The National Republican Congressional Committee on Monday launched a $170,000 TV ad buy to help state Senator Debbie Lesko, the GOP nominee, win the election on April 24, Politico reported.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a major GOP super PAC, is planning to spend $100,000 on get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.
Additionally, the Republican National Committee is spending about $280,000 on field operations.
The Democrats’ nominee, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, has raised about $300,000 for her long-shot bid.
The district is vacant after Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned in December following a sex scandal.
The Maricopa County-based 8th district is Arizona’s most Republican district. Mitt Romney won the 8th by 25 points, 62%-37%, while John McCain carried the seat by 23 points, 61%-38%.
The Republican Party lost a March 14 special election in southwestern Pennsylvania to centrist Democrat Connor Lamb, who opposed Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. However, that was considered an “ancestry Democratic” district where a lot of voters used to vote Democrat, but have increasingly voted Republican in recent years due to the Democratic Party’s positions on coal and trade.
This district is more partisan than Pennsylvania’s 18th district.