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Former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their weight behind the GOP candidates competing in the race for governor of Arizona in a move that further highlights the gap between the two factions. Republicans followed.
On Monday, Pence announced confirmation to Karrin Taylor Robson, a former developer and Republican lobbyist, in a last-minute move. before the elementary session on August 2.
“Karrin Taylor Robson is the only candidate for Governor that will secure Arizona’s borders and streets, empower parents and create great schools, while promoting conservative values. “, Pence said in a statement.
Last fall, Trump endorsed Kari Lake, a former local TV host. Lake has focused her campaign around the false belief that the 2020 presidential election has been stolen — claims not made by current Republican Governor of the state Doug Ducey and other members of the state. party, including Robson, accepted.
Over the weekend, Ducey told CNN’s Dana Bash that Lake was “misleading voters without evidence,” noting that he was also supporting Robson.
This is not the first time the two former candidates have backed rivals this election cycle. Earlier this year Pence raised for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ahead of the state primaries, while Trump backed challenger David Perdue.
The move from Pence to protest for Kemp was at the time seen as the most outsider attempt to stave off Trump’s influence. Kemp ended up winning the nomination.