Arizona 6th Congressional District race: Hiral Tiperneni leading David Schweikart

Posted at 5:27 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 20:33:03-05

A lot of eyes are on Arizona's closest Congressional race. It's District 6, which typically is a sure bet for Republicans.

Republican Congressman David Schweikert is a five-time incumbent, usually winning by double digits.

After the first results were released on Election Day, Schweikert was losing to Democrat challenger Hiral Tipirneni, barely. With 80% counted, Tipirneni held a 1,700+ advantage, less than 1 percent.

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District 6 covers parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Paradise Valley. While it still holds a large Republican advantage, since the last presidential election, there have been more Democrat than Republican registered voters.

As votes were still being counted, Tipirneni, a former ER physician talked about her campaign and her chances. "We know what our path to victory looks like and we're willing to be patient and wait until every last ballot is counted," she says.

There are other reasons the race may be close. There could be carry over from the emotional presidential election. Also, Schweikert admitted to 11 ethics violations for misusing campaign money.

We asked the Schweikert’s campaign for comment. They said they are waiting for the final results.

While Tipirneni says she's confident she will win, she says the close race says a lot.

"It highlights the important of keeping elected officials accountable, holding them accountable and making them work for re-election, work for that powerful gift we give, a vote. They should be working for it. No one should be sliding into a re-election with any sense of entitlement," she says.