Trump attacks press for being ‘silent’ on GOP win in Arizona
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE on Wednesday congratulated Debbie Lesko (R) for winning a special election in Arizona on Tuesday, accusing the national media of being "silent" on the race.

In an early-morning tweet, the president congratulated Lesko on her "big win" over Hiral Tipirneni (D), who had not yet conceded the race as of Wednesday morning.

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"Congratulations to Republican Debbie Lesko on her big win in the Special Election for Arizona House seat. Debbie will do a Great Job! Press is so silent," Trump tweeted.

Lesko held a 5.2 percentage point lead at the time of Trump's tweet, winning the district vacated when Trent Franks (R) resigned in December. Lesko was largely expected to win in a district that Trump won by 21 points over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Dem strategist says Donna Brazile is joining Fox News 'for the money' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina MORE in the 2016 presidential election.

Franks did not even face a Democratic challenger in 2016.

Despite the loss, Democrats and political observers were quick to suggest the close margin should be a warning for Republicans in November as they navigate much tougher House races.

Retiring House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation Bottom Line Paul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' MORE (R-Wis.) touted Lesko's victory, however, saying it proved that Republicans had a strong message to run on in the November midterm elections.

"Her victory proves that Republicans have a positive record to run on this fall and we need to spend the next seven months aggressively selling our message to the American people," he said.