"In a seat that President Trump won by more than 20 points and outside groups spent more than a million dollars to try and silence us, tonight we showed them that Arizona's West Valley has something to say".
Tiperneni's statement also alluded to her previously stated intention to run again for the seat in November when its full two-year term is up for grabs.
The shift in Arizona's 8th District, incidentally, came despite there not being any of the asterisks that have applied to past Republican wins.
"They should clean house in this election", said Coughlin, longtime adviser to former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Making a push for older voters, she had said Lesko would vote to go after entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts that mainly benefit the wealthy. Together, the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and Congressional Leadership Fund spent more than $900,000 on the Arizona race, nearly all of it dedicated to turning out Republican votes.
No Democrat has represented Phoenix's western suburbs in 40 years and the district rarely has been competitive.
Tipirneni raised $664,920 during the race, over $100,000 more than Lesko's $539,403.
Judging by what happened in an Arizona special election on Tuesday night, the "large" wave option now looks to be very much in play.
A number of the headlines after the election are about how Lesko won, but that Democrats should be encouraged by Tipirneni's showing.
That means that we may be underestimating the number of Republican candidates nationwide that are in political peril - and keep in mind, Democrats only need to flip 24 seats to take control of the House of Representatives.
The former state senator defeated Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room physician running for public office for the first time. Ryan allies got involved in the race to ensure there was no Democratic upset.
Democrats said they wanted to send a message to Trump and supported Democratic health care plans.