Kari Lake Expected to Win Arizona Governor’s Republican Primary

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TSWT News can report that Kari Lake, a former former Phoenix news anchor who left her media career last year and received support from former President Donald Trump, is expected to win the Republican primary in the race for Arizona governor after she had suggested foul play in an election in which she already claimed victory.

“While the results took longer than they should have, the Arizonans forgotten by the establishment have just caused a political earthquake,” Lake said in a statement after her victory was officially projected. “This is more than an election — it’s a great move by so many people in our beautiful state to finally put Arizona first.”

Lake defeats Karrin Taylor Robson, a wealthy real estate developer and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, who was backed by Trump’s now estranged Vice President Mike Pence and Arizona’s current term-limited governor Doug Ducey. Trump and Pence traveled to Arizona on the same day last month to attack the contending candidates, with Pence warning against “those who want to make this election about the past.”

Former President Donald Trump hugs Republican nominee for Governor Kari Lake at a “Save America” ​​rally in support of GOP candidates in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022.

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Taylor Robson spent more than $15 million of her own money on the race, but it was Lake’s “ultra-MAGA” and “America First” attitude, coupled with her repetition of Trump’s “Big Lie,” that ultimately prevailed. , after a campaign season filled with assault ads from all quarters, which Democratic nominee for Governor Katie Hobbs described as a “primary race to the bottom.”

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Hobbs released a statement following the projection calling Lake “dangerous for Arizona” and calling November’s general election “a choice between sanity and chaos.”

“Throughout her campaign, Lake has counted Nazi sympathizers and far-right extremists as part of her coalition,” she said. “We know where she stands on the issues that matter most, by vowing to ban abortion and reproductive health care, putting cameras in our children’s classrooms, and wasting taxpayers’ money contesting the 2020 elections and anticipating future elections. manipulate if she doesn’t like the results.”

Despite a handful of hypocrisy scandals, with Pence dismissing her as a “convert” to the GOP who donated to Barack Obama, Lake acknowledged her past support for Democratic causes on the campaign trail, but now takes a far-right stance on social issues. She is against abortion and transgender rights and made election integrity and border security top campaigns by saying she would declare an invasion of the southern border as governor on day one.

PHOTO: Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, holds up a sledgehammer as she speaks to supporters waiting as ballots are counted at her primary election night rally in Scottsdale, Arizona, Aug. 3, 2022.

Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, holds up a sledgehammer as she speaks to supporters waiting as the votes are counted during her primary election night in Scottsdale, Arizona, Aug. 3, 2022.

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Going into general election season, Lake has already said she would not change her tone, but would continue to talk about the widely disproven conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, even as some Republicans are concerned that if Trump’s candidates their message to the general electorate, it will be harder to win in Arizona in November.

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Arizona Republican strategist Barrett Marson, who backed Taylor Robson, told TSWT News: “It’s up to them [the Trump candidates] to moderate, or at least to address a wider audience. I just can’t manage to tell your constituents that the election you won was fraudulent and I expect them to keep coming to vote for you.”

Lake on Wednesday dismissed questions about how she could declare victory in an election she has no confidence in and why voters should trust that she won this election fairly, claiming to have evidence of irregularities but refusing to provide evidence of wrongdoing to the press. .

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“We’re going with the votes, and we’re going with what the people who really understand what’s happening [in this] this election now,” she said.

PHOTO: Kari Lake, Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, smiles at supporters as she arrives to speak at a post-election press conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 3, 2022.

Kari Lake, Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, smiles at supporters as she arrives to speak at a post-election press conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 3, 2022.

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Lake is the first candidate for public office to say she would not have fulfilled her legal duty to certify it by 2020. in the state where postal voting is a popular method. On the night of her election party in Scottsdale, she wielded a wooden sledgehammer that she believed was intended for electronic voting machines and Hobbs.

With Lake’s victory officer, Trump sees a string of winning candidates in Arizona, his most primary wins in any state — and in one that contributed to Joe Biden’s presidency.

“President Trump went 14-0 in Arizona as the MAGA wave continues to sweep across the country. America is a country in decline led by the Democrats, but President Trump won’t stop until America is made great again through America First’s election fighters,” Taylor Budowich, a Trump spokesman, said in a statement to TSWT News on Wednesday.

A quarterback told TSWT News the wins prove that Arizona, although it has taken on a purple hue in recent years, “is still very Trump country.”

PHOTO: Former President Donald Trump speaks at a pre-election rally in Arizona, in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a pre-election rally in Arizona, in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022.

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Taylor Robson told Whit Johnson, co-anchor of Good Morning America and World News Tonight, that Lake grooming her supporters for a stolen election — before Lake finally won the election herself — would have to “disqualify” her from the race, as many voters in Arizona already distrust the electoral process.

While Trump’s approved candidates dominate the Arizona primaries, it’s unclear whether the MAGA agenda will see the same success in November.

TSWT News contacted Taylor Robson’s campaign for comment.

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