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Poll: Tipirneni holds small lead over Lesko in District 8

Former Arizona Sen. Debbie Lesko, left, and Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, both of whom are among the record number of women running for U.S. House seats in the 2018 election. (Facebook and AP photos)

PHOENIX — A new Emerson College ePoll regarding the special election for Congressional District 8 provided a sharp contrast from a different poll on Friday.

Emerson data showed that Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (D) has taken a narrow lead over former state Sen. Debbie Lesko (R).

According to Emerson, Tipirneni took a 46 percent to 45 percent lead.

On Friday, the OH Predictive Insights/ABC 15 poll of 500 showed Lesko leading by 10 points, 53 to 43 percent.

The winner of the race will replace former Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned in December after he reportedly discussed surrogacy with at least two staffers.

The Emerson poll said Tipirneni holding a 49 percent favorable and 29 percent unfavorable position. Lesko had a 43 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable.

Franks had slipped down to 24 percent favorable and 49 percent unfavorable.

According to the Emerson poll, 86 percent of Democrats were leaning Tipirneni and 78 percent of Republicans were for Lesko.

Emerson had a 5.2 percent margin of error. The margin of error for OH Predictive poll was 4.38 percent.

With those margins of error, the two polls may be closer than they appear by first glance.

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