Arizona Governor nominee Kari Lake wins Trump's endorsement
During the Arizona primary election, former president Donald Trump endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. On Thursday night, the Associated Press called the race at 10:09 p.m. Eastern Time. The self-funded Karrin Taylor Robson had 44 percent of the vote after 88 percent of the votes had been cast. Lake had 46.8 percent with 88 percent of the votes counted.
“This is more than an election—it is a beautiful movement by so many people across our beautiful state to finally put Arizona First,” Lake said. “Starting tonight, we fight to defeat the radical, corrupt, incompetent Democrats and put our government back into the hands o the great people of Arizona!”
In a race that was seen as a litmus test of Trump's influence over the GOP voter base, Lake defeated Robson, a former local news anchor. All Arizona counties favored Lake over Robson on Thursday night.
“Though the results took longer than they should have, Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake,” Lake said in a statement late Thursday celebrating her win.
As part of a "Save America" rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on July 22, Trump endorsed Lake, calling her a "fantastic person" who would "do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey."
“With Kari, you’ll have Election Integrity, Strong Borders, Safe Streets, and all of the other things you’ve wanted for so long. Vote for Kari Lake. She has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement in July.
5 August 2022