Sex, campaign funding scandals dog US House race in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - Sex-related and campaign funding allegations involving several top candidates have captured much of the attention in the Republican primary to replace a U.S. congressman from Arizona who resigned amid charges of sexual misconduct last year.

A former aide to Rep. Trent Franks told The Associated Press he pressed her to carry his child as a surrogate and offered her $5 million.

The top favorites to replace him include former state Sen. Steve Montenegro and former state Sen. Debbie Lesko.

Montenegro is a married father and Christian minister who acknowledged last week that a former Senate aide had sent him texts and an unsolicited topless photo.

Several allegations of illegal campaign funding have been leveled against Lesko, who has denied wrongdoing.

It's unknown how much of an impact any of the allegations will have Tuesday because the state relies heavily on mail-in ballots completed before the revelations surfaced.

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