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Arizona is not Pennsylvania, say Republican strategists

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GOP, nevertheless, dumping big money into Lesko- Tipirneni race for Franks’ seat

By Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen | The Hill

Republican groups are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars into Arizona in the hopes of keeping any prospect of another Democratic upset in next month’s special election at bay.

The GOP says it’s confident that the party will keep control of the seat last held by ex-GOP Rep. Trent Franks, which represents a historically Republican area with a strong core of reliable GOP voters and retirees.

Still, national Republican groups have recently committed more than a half-million dollars to retain what should be a safe seat, which President Trump won by 21 points in 2016.

Related: In Arizona Race, Conservatives View Stormy Daniels as a ‘Little Hard to Believe’

The investment underscores how the uncertain political climate is forcing the GOP to spend on races that should be easy Republican wins, especially after a shocking Democratic upset in Pennsylvania’s 18th District earlier this month.

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