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Tipirneni in dead heat in Arizona Congressional election

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Indian American candidate is in a statistical dead heat as per a latest poll, days ahead of the special election for a House of seat from

Arizona's eighth Congressional District was considered to be a safe seat for Republican till a few weeks ago.

However, the aggressive campaign by Tipirneni and a general growing anti-Republican mood across the country appears to have tipped the balance.

Mainstream media have already started talking of an upset Democratic victory in on April 24 and the implications of such a Republican defeat in the November

has described the situation as "nervous" for GOP.

A new ePoll has Tipirneni in a statistical dead heat with Lesko 46 per cent to 45 per cent.

Trent Franks, the former who resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, has a 24 per cent favourable and 49 per cent unfavourable opinion. Trump's job approval in the district is 44 per cent approve and 46 per cent disapprove.

"Arizona's special election has captivated national attention, with Republican groups pouring more resources into the district that was won by Trump in 2016. Dr has an opportunity to flip a critical House seat from red to blue -- but only if all of us step up to support her before the April 24th special election," the said.

If elected, she would be the second Indian American Congresswoman to be elected to the of Congresswoman from Washington State was the first one in 2016.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 22:35 IST