Sarah Sanders on Republican's 5-point win in Arizona: 'She's not Donald Trump'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders early Wednesday dismissed a Republican candidate's narrow victory in deep-red Arizona, saying that Debbie Lesko is "not Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE."

"Look, no offense to this candidate, but she's not Donald Trump. That was a different election, I don't think you can compare those two," she said.

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"I think the big story here is that a Republican won," Sanders continued. "It doesn't matter whether you win by 25 points or 2 points, a win is a win and she's going to be in Congress, the Democrat's not, and I think there is plenty of enthusiasm and support for Republicans moving into the midterms."

Lesko won the special election in Arizona's 8th District on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, who conceded in a statement Wednesday morning. Lesko's victory margin of about 5 points is markedly lower than the margin by which Trump won the district in 2016, when he defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE by about 21 points.

In an early morning tweet Wednesday, Trump congratulated Lesko and chastised the national news media for being "silent" on her victory, despite coverage from multiple outlets.

"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 was largely expected to win the district, formerly held by Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.) who resigned in December. Franks did not face a Democratic challenger in his last run for reelection.