Unexpected nail-biter in AZ finally delivers for GOP

When Trent Franks resigned after allegations of sexual harassment and bizarre recruitment for surrogate pregnancy, his seat in Arizona’s 8th congressional district seemed pretty safe. It has a Cook index of R+13 and hasn’t elected a Democrat since 2012, when Ron Barber won a special election following the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and her withdrawal for medical reasons. Even in a tough political environment, Republicans expected to hold onto the seat.

And hold it they did, although...

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