A GOP candidate – recently stung by way of an embarrassing sexting revelation – lost his bid Tuesday to win a congressional seat vacated via Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who were forced out by way of his personal intercourse scandal.
State Senate President Professional-Tempore Debbie Lesko received the Republican nod over former state Sen. Steve Montenegro, pegged because the extraordinary-on favourite after Franks endorsed him.
Montenegro conceded the race, the Arizona Republic mentioned.
The seat in Arizona’s eighth Congressional District, which encompasses suburbs north and west of Phoenix, become open whilst Franks was forced out of administrative center in December.
The congressman resigned after it was once revealed he pressed feminine staffers to undergo his child as a surrogate.
Montenegro’s campaign gave the impression to be running smoothly until remaining week, while it was discovered he exchanged steamy text messages with a feminine subordinate.
one in all the messages sent through the staffer used to be a topless picture of herself, in keeping with the Arizona Republic and KPNX-TELEVISION.
Montenegro, away at an training summit in Tennessee on the time, replied with regrets that his underling hadn’t made the trip: “you need to have come.”
Montenegro, who additionally had the endorsement of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is a married Christian minister who has placed circle of relatives price at the vanguard of his campaign.
Lesko, who had the endorsement of fashionable former Gov. Jan Brewer, is considered a favorite to keep the conservative district in GOP hands.
President Trump gained the district in 2016, FIFTY EIGHT p.c to 37 p.c.
In April, Lesko will face Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, an ER physician and political newcomer.Republican candidate and previous Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko, (right) celebratesAP