ARIZONA/ELECTION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “With allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around President Trump, Debbie Lesko — a Republican candidate for Congress — sat down recently and clicked on ’60 Minutes.’ There was Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress known as Stormy Daniels, saying that she had hidden a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump out of fear for her safety. Ms. Lesko, an ally of Mr. Trump’s, listened. And after, she said she found Ms. Clifford’s story ‘a little hard to believe…’ Here in Arizona, Ms. Lesko is in the final stretch of a special House race in the state’s deeply conservative Eighth Congressional District, which is being watched as a test of Mr. Trump’s popularity and as a possible foretelling of the fall midterm elections. The seat came open after the incumbent was caught in a sex scandal of his own.”

Julie Turkewitz, “In Arizona Race, Conservatives View Stormy Daniels as a ‘Little Hard to Believe’,” The New York Times online, Mar. 29, 2018