Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Friday discounted concerns about this week's special election in Arizona, calling Republican Debbie Lesko's win "huge" even though it came with a narrow margin.
"Let's look at these congressional special elections," McDaniel told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "We've won five out of six ... to win five out of six shows the American people recognize that Republicans are delivering. They feel the impact of these tax cuts. Their wages are going up, jobs are coming back to this country, and I feel very good going into the midterms."
Lesko defeated Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni by a five percent margin to replace Rep. Trent Franks, the GOP lawmaker who stepped down in December over allegations of sexual misconduct.
McDaniel urged people to ignore the "mainstream media" and the narrative it wants to push about the election.
"When you look at the lower voter turnout compared to a presidential year and look at the incumbents being gone, these are special elections for a reason," said McDaniel. "The fact we're winning time after time after time shows that voters are taking stock of what Republicans have done in Congress, what this president has done and they're returning Republicans to Congress."
The press was ready to cover the election as a bellwether of what would happen in November, "and we won and it's crickets," said McDaniel, agreeing with President Donald Trump that Lesko's win was largely ignored.
"They don't want to share a narrative that Republicans are delivering, just like they don't share the facts of these tax cuts that over four million people in this country have benefited from bonuses or higher wages or 401k increases, that 2/3 of Americans have bigger paychecks, economy is humming," said McDaniel. "All the good things coming out of this administration are not being covered at the level it should be. Guess what? The voters are smart. They're figuring it out and why we've won five out of six specials heading into an important mid-term to keep our majorities."
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