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Kari Lake won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the Arizona primary, The Associated Press called Thursday night.
For days, a hotly contested race between former TV newscaster Kari Lake and real estate developer and Arizona Board of Regents member Karin Taylor Robson saw Lake’s lead receive 12,000 votes. I was unable to control the close due to being below.
As of Wednesday morning, Lake had 46.2% of the vote and Taylor Robson had 44.5% of the vote in the Republican primary. Lake is currently seeking to succeed Republican limited-term Governor Doug Ducey.
“The results have taken longer than they should have, but the people of Arizona, forgotten by the ruling class, have created a political earthquake,” Lake said after the results were announced.
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“This is not just an election. It is a beautiful movement with so many people across our beautiful state to finally put Arizona first. Our new Republican Party is now brighter and more prosperous than all of Arizona.” We are united to fight for a better future,” she said. “We will stop schools from teaching our children and government bureaucrats from shutting down our businesses and our lives.”
On Tuesday night, in an address to supporters at a primary night rally, Lake predicted that she was “winning this 100%,” adding, “My opponent has no way to win. has won this race.”
The major showdown turned into a bit of a proxy war between former President Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
The former president last year endorsed Lake, a staunch supporter of Trump’s repeated and unproven allegations that his 2020 election loss to President Biden was due to massive voter fraud.
Two weeks ago, Pence backed fellow Ducey-backed Taylor Robson.
Trump and Pence, potential rivals for the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, were in Arizona on the same day a week and a half ago to headline a competing campaign event.
Lake will face Democrat Katie Hobbs, now Arizona’s Secretary of State, in November.
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Hobbes easily won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in a former Republican state that was a hotly contested general election between the two major parties.