Special Election Nears in Arizona

The Story:

On April 24, voters in Arizona’s 8th congressional district (a largely suburban district near Phoenix) will go to the polls to decide who will represent them in the House. This is necessary because Rep. Trent Franks resigned (R) last year, after offering a staffer $5 million to bear his child and reportedly retaliating against her when she proved uninterested.

Background: 

This election could test an adage, “big things come in threes.” After a Democratic candidate defeated Judge Roy Moore for an open Senate seat in December, and another Democratic candidate defeated Rick Saccone for an open House seat in western Pennsylvania, a third special election victory would give real substance to hopes (or fears) of a “blue wave” in November.

The Thing to Know:

This campaign is very much about gun control. Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni is a physician in an ER. She has decried the “devastating loss from gun violence” that she sees first hand in that job.

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