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PHOENIX – Two days after polls closed in Arizona, The Associated Press has announced the Republican gubernatorial primary for former local news anchor Kari Lake, who denies running as a new convert to the Republican cause.
Former President Donald Trump’s preferred candidate topped the field of GOP hopefuls, but the only real contender was developer Karrin Taylor Robson. At the end of the campaign, the race between the two candidates — neither of whom had been elected before — was decided by who supported them.
In Lake’s corner, Trump and a wave of the former president’s allies were caught up in the false narrative that President Joe Biden stole the election.
Taylor Robson has the support of Republicans both locally and nationally, including current Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and former Vice President Mike Pence.
She has spent millions of dollars, much of it from her own fortune, to present herself as a smarter-sounding Republican, even though Taylor Robson’s politics are often not that different from Lake’s. Both speak similarly when it comes to border security and so-called critical race theory. And Taylor Robson has done little to allay concerns about 2020. election, though she criticized Lake for casting doubt on the 2022 election. voting integrity.
But that wasn’t enough to overcome Lake, who took an early lead in the polls following Trump’s 2021 endorsement. in September.
Less than two years ago, Lake was still reading the news on television. in 2021 March. she resigned following a series of controversial social media posts, including one circulating an unmasked video about COVID-19. A few months later, she announced her gubernatorial campaign. Much of her campaign has been devoted to repeating the former president’s election lies, both old and new, with Lake even spending the last few weeks making baseless claims that Arizona’s current vote was rigged.
She will now face Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who is running for the 2020 election. became famous for the opposite reasons – defending the 2020 election integrity as secretary of state, Arizona’s top election official.