Carrie Lake, who in two years transformed herself from a veteran local television news anchor into a platform for the far-right political movement, won the Arizona Republican primary for governor, according to the Associated Press.
Ms. Lake edged out a field including Karen Taylor-Robson — an ally of Governor Doug Ducey, the Republican who challenged former President Donald J. Trump by defending Arizona’s 2020 election results — and other candidates.
She will face Ms. Lake Katie Hobbs, the Democratic Secretary of State for Arizona, in the general election. Mr. Ducey is barred by state lines from seeking re-election.
in statement Thursday night after recalling her race, Ms. Lake took a hit in the election process and Ms. Hobbs when she claimed victory. “Although the results took longer than they should have, the Arizona residents who were forgotten by the establishment caused a political earthquake,” she said.
As soon as she left her Phoenix TV station in the spring of 2021, Ms. Lake repeatedly announced that Mr. Trump, who had endorsed her that fall, had been cheated out of a second term in office. After spending 25 years in local television, she attacked the news media as corrupt.
The contest was the latest gubernatorial primaries to become a proxy war between Mr. Trump and the founding Republican power brokers.
As in Maryland and Illinois, where Trump-backed candidates have ousted rivals backed by local GOP officials, Ms. Lake’s victory signals the waning power of party donors and television spending. Ms. Taylor Robson, a developer who worked for Arizona’s Regent Board, largely paid for her campaign herself, spending millions more on TV advertising than Lake did.
But in the end, Mr. Trump’s endorsement proved more valuable than anything Ms Taylor Robson could buy.