PHOENIX — Republican Congressman David Schweikert has defeated Dr. Hiral Tipirneni to be reelected US Representative of Arizona's 6th District, according to The Associated Press.
Schweikert pulled out the win against Tipirneni in a 52% to 48% vote and will continue his role as US Representative of AZ 6th District after first being elected in 2011.
Arizona's 6th Congressional District covers parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills and has been known to be heavily Republican.
Leading up to the election, many polls showed that the race was a toss-up between the two candidates. This is the first time in decades a Republican nominee has faced a close race in the 6th District.
This marks the second time Tipirneni ran as a district representative in Arizona and lost to a Republican nominee. In 2018 Tipirneni was defeated by Republican Debbie Lesko for District 8 which covers suburban areas north and west of Phoenix including Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and New River.
Saturday afternoon, Tipirneni called Congressman David Schweikert to concede this race.
In a statement, she says:
"Moments ago, I called Congressman David Schweikert to concede this race. From the very beginning, this race was about fighting for the issues that impact Arizona families. It was never about partisanship. It was about rooting out corruption and making the tax code more fair for middle-class Arizona families, small businesses, and retirees. I ran for Congress with one ultimate goal in mind: to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable healthcare...
Even today, after this heartbreaking loss, I stand by my decision to run wholeheartedly. And I'm proud to have joined the countless other women leaders nationwide who stepped up and demanded better. We need more women in positions of power. We need more women in politics. Their empathic voices, their ability to problem-solve, and their diversity of backgrounds and experiences will change this country for the better. Run and run hard - this country needs you...
I am deeply proud of my team, this campaign, and the fierceness with which we ran it. We have made an immense impact, make no mistake. I hope each of you continues to use your voice, your passion, and your vote to create 'the change you want to see in the world.' I know I will."