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PHOENIX – Two days after polls closed in Arizona, the Associated Press called the Republican primaries for governor to former local news broadcaster Kari Lake, an election denier. elected to convert to Republican causes.
Former President Donald Trump’s Favorite Candidate created a hopeful GOP field, but the only other real contender was developer Karrin Taylor Robson. At the end of the campaign, the head-to-head race between two candidates – neither of whom had been previously elected to office – was determined by who their backers were.
In Lake’s corner is Trump and a wave of the former president’s allies spilling over the false story that President Joe Biden stole the election.
Taylor Robson is supported by established Republicans, both locally and nationally – including current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and former Vice President Mike Pence.
She’s spent millions of dollars, much of which is her fortune, to brand herself as a more sensible-sounding Republican, even though Taylor Robson’s policies are often no different. Lake. Both have similarities when it comes to border security and the so-called critical race theory. And Taylor Robson did little to dispel concerns about the 2020 election while she criticized Lake for casting doubt on the integrity of the 2022 vote.
But that wasn’t enough to overtake Lake, who soon led in the polls following Trump’s endorsement in September 2021.
Less than two years ago, Lake was still reading the news on television. In March 2021, she resigned amid a series of controversial social media posts, including one that went viral with a leaked video about COVID-19. Months later, she announced her candidacy for governor. Much of her campaign is devoted to repeating the election lies of former presidents, both old and new – Lake has even spent the past few weeks unfoundedly claiming to have cheated in the election. Arizona’s current vote.
She will now face Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who has made a name for herself in 2020 for the opposite reasons – defending the integrity of the 2020 election as a Secretary of State, top election official in Arizona.