PHOENIX (AP) - Democrat Hiral Tipirneni and Republican Debbie Lesko have won their party's respective primary, in a special election to replace an Arizona congressman who stepped down while facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Participating voters on both parties chose nominees to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican who resigned last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct. A former aide to ex-Rep. Trent Franks told The Associated Press he pressed her to carry his child as a surrogate and offered her $5 million.
The heavily Republican district includes suburbs such as Peoria and Sun City. A dozen candidates are running in the Republican primary. Two Democrats are seeking their party's nomination, hoping for a longshot win in the April 27 general election.
Tipirneni is an emergency-room physician who got support from former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. She beat Brianna Westbrook, who became involved in politics several years ago as a transgender woman who argued for a Phoenix policy that would protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination.
Meanwhile, Debbie Lesko is a former State Senator.
Election officials say nearly 100,000 early ballots were counted as of Monday, including over 65,000 Republicans and over 34,000 Democrats.
The general election is set to take place on April 24.
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