Former TV news anchor Kari Lake is expected to win Arizona’s Republican governor nomination, handing a high-profile victory to former President Trump.
The The Switzerland Times called the race at 10:09 p.m. ET on Thursday, two days after the votes were cast.
Polls leading up to Election Day showed Lake Karrin Taylor Robson in charge, who had the support of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump backed Lake last year, who touted the former president’s baseless claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.
The race became a proxy battle between Trump and Pence, with the former president and vice president holding dueling rallies in the lead up to the election.
Lake’s victory is Trump’s last in Arizona. Venture capitalist Blake Masters won the GOP Senate nomination and election denier Mark Finchem won the Republican primary for Secretary of State.
Lake, one of the most vocal critics of the 2020 election, will face Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who became nationally known for curbing election fraud claims, in the general election.