Carrie Lake, the former TV news anchor who campaigned on attacking the media as propaganda and spreading lies about the 2020 election, won the GOP nomination for governor of Arizona Thursday night.
Lake will face Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the state’s chief election official, in November in a confrontation framed as an election denier versus an election advocate.
The former Trump-backed broadcaster on primetime for a subsidiary of Phoenix Fox beat out Karen Taylor-Robson, a real estate developer and attorney endorsed by Republican Governor Doug Ducey, a limited-time confidant.
Taylor Robson advanced early after polls closed on Tuesday, but Lake advanced overnight with vote counts on Election Day. By Wednesday morning, Lake was leading with less than 12,000 votes.
Lake delivered a confident speech to her supporters at her election night gala in Scottsdale while also casting doubt on the electoral system, I mentioned the Republic of Arizona.
“I wanted to go out here tonight [and] Say, “Wow, we already have the end results,” she said. But we know how our electoral systems work and they don’t work well. That’s one of the reasons why I’m standing here.”
The Republican primaries for governor were seen as a proxy war between Trump and Dossey, who became enemies after Dossey certified Joe Biden’s election. Lake said that as governor, You wouldn’t do the same in 2020Elections are often called “corrupt” and “stolen”. Joe Biden was the first Democratic presidential candidate to hold Arizona in 24 years.
Trump campaigned for Lake last month, calling her a “really great woman” at the rally on the same day that Pence, widely seen as preparing his own 2024 presidential campaign against Trump, campaigned for Taylor Robson.
Lake, a celebrity in Arizona’s largest media market, is enjoying a sharp lead on the early polls, but the race is tight after Ducey’s endorsement. Taylor Robson also poured more than 15 million dollars of her fortune in the race.
The standoff over Trump has been largely nationalized in a diverse nation facing a water crisis and concerns about border security.
“[Taylor Robson] She has a narrative about her campaign that is distinctly different from Lake’s. The only thing Lake talks about are stolen elections, Trump, and immigration. Karen has a more accurate narrative and expresses a more confident stance on the ruling that she expects Republican voters to respond to,” GOP strategist Chuck Coughlin told HuffPost ahead of the primaries.
But how high is Trump fever in the Republican Party? This is a risky bet.”
This is Lake’s first nomination for political office after three decades as a television news anchor.
After what former co-workers of HuffPost describe as several rocky years that almost lined up with the Trump presidency — when she began using the far-right social media platforms Parler and Gap — Lake left the station in 2021 and launched her campaign for governor shortly after. . Before swinging hard to the right, Lake was a supporter of Barack Obama and reportedly Share the “Not My Boss” meme. About Trump before his inauguration.
Since leaving the media, Lake has called people in her previous profession “corrupt” and “corrupt”, and said that some journalists deserves to be imprisoned.
Lake has campaigned alongside Mark Fenchem, a Republican state senator who shares her fringe views on the 2020 election and has won the endorsement of a number of far-right figures associated with Trump. Democrats who see this as a hindrance Lake reinforced the primaries Hoping for an easier discount to win in November.
But with a Republican governor, a Republican-controlled legislature and two Democratic senators, Arizona is known for its streak of independence, giving either side a chance to win as Joe Biden’s approval wanes.
said Kirk Adams, Ducey’s former chief of staff and former Arizona House Speaker.
“For those Democrats or progressives hoping to nominate Lake, be careful what you wish for, because you could end up with Lake Governor,” he said.