The Each day Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with extra contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.
● AZ-08: A brand new ballot from GOP pollsters OH Predictive Insights for ABC15 Arizona finds Republican Debbie Lesko with a snug 53-43 lead on Democrat Hiral Tipirneni forward of the April 24 particular election for Arizona’s vacant eighth Congressional District, however exterior GOP teams maintain dumping in extra money.
The NRCC is the newest to pour it on. The committee’s impartial expenditure arm simply dropped one other $250,000 on adverts attacking Tipirneni, bringing their complete outlay to $383,000. None of their adverts seem to have surfaced on-line, however the NRCC correct is teaming with Lesko to air what’s referred to as a “hybrid” advert (extra on how these work right here), and we do have a replica of that. The spot slams “Democrats in Washington” for numerous sins (like “compelled taxpayer-funded healthcare for unlawful aliens”) with out mentioning Tipirneni by identify, then concludes with a really wood Lesko staring into the digital camera and saying she’ll “block socialized healthcare.”
As well as, the Congressional Management Fund has spent a bit over $100,000 right here, whereas the RNC, which does not normally get entangled in Home races, has additionally shelled out some $400,000. In complete, Republican teams have spent simply shy of $900,000 on this race—a small fraction of $10 million-plus they lit on hearth within the Pennsylvania 18th District particular election, however nonetheless a substantial sum for a darkish pink seat that, even on this unstable surroundings, needs to be protected for them.
Tipirneni, in the meantime, hit a stumble of her personal this week. ABC15 Arizona (the identical station that sponsored the ballot above) reported that Tipirneni, a former emergency room doctor, stopped practising drugs in 2007 a number of months after settling a malpractice lawsuit. Tipirneni says the go well with was unconnected to her choice to alter careers; reasonably, she says the deaths her mom and nephew from most cancers impressed her to develop into what she calls a “most cancers analysis advocate.”