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President Trump encourages Arizona voters to elect Debbie Lesko

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump tweeted his support Tuesday for Republican Debbie Lesko in the Congressional District 8 special election.

Trump waited until 11:02 a.m. Arizona time on election day to lend his support to Lesko, who is running against Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni for the seat vacated by Republican Trent Franks.

The polls close at 7 p.m.

Congressional District 8 covers much of the western Phoenix suburbs, where a Democrat has not been elected in more than 35 years. Trump won the district by 21 points in the 2016 presidential election.

Lesko spent nine years in the Arizona Legislature and was the Senate president pro-tempore before resigning in January to pursue the Franks seat.

She has been a supporter of Trump’s border policy, calling for funding to build a wall.

Tipirneni, who is making her first run for public office, said the problem with spending on a wall is that it does nothing to address the issues of undocumented people who overstay their visas or drugs coming in through ports of entry.

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