In a primary on Tuesday in Arizona, a former president and his former vice president were competing against one another for the first time in American history in what appears to be a fight for the state’s MAGA movement.
Kari Lake, a fiery MAGA candidate for governor who quit her job in the media to run, had Donald J. Trump’s endorsement, and held a commanding lead in the polls up until the polls closed at 10 PM on Tuesday night, was locked in a tight race with Karrin Taylor Robson until mid-Tuesday morning. Mike Pence was fond of Robson.
Early on Wednesday morning, Lake, certain of her victory, posted a dig:
Get ready, @katiehobbs 😃
— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@KariLake) August 3, 2022
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey helped Pence support Robson, a business executive and former member of the state’s Board of Regents, in his betrayal of Trump and the MAGA movement.
In 2020, Ducey was perceived as a determined impediment to any and all investigations into the very questionable election results from AZ, making Ducey himself one of Trump’s political adversaries.
Other contests in other states were called while the nation awaited Lake’s outcome.
The AP said that “Republican Rep. Peter Meijer lost to a Trump-backed challenger and a pair of Washington lawmakers were fighting to hang onto their seats after voting to impeach Trump following Jan. 6.”
Trump-endorsed Tuesday night, the Arizona GOP primary for the Senate was declared won by Blake Masters.
Trump’s supported candidate for the Michigan governor’s race against Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won as well, demonstrating a successful night for him and his America First organization.
After receiving Trump’s support late in July, former conservative pundit Tudor Dixon easily prevailed in the competitive campaign.
Whitmer, who had been rumored to be a potential candidate for the presidency in 2024, will now be challenged by Dixon.
However, the Arizona governor’s race is not adding up as easily as the other elections. On Wednesday, counting continued until around 9 AM.
With about 60% of the votes cast as of midnight on Tuesday, Lake, a former local news anchor, was nearly 10 points behind Robson. By Tuesday morning, however, the media projected Lake to be ahead, but they claimed the election was still too close to call.
“After weeks of dominating early voter polls, former local news anchor Kari Lake is trailing her opponent Karrin Taylor Robson by nearly 10 points in Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday night.
As of midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday morning, business executive Robson holds roughly 49 percent of the vote compared to Lake, hovering around 40 percent,” according to The Daily Mail.
The New York Times reports that “That’s with nearly 60 percent of the vote counted.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 3, 2022
According to Fox News:
“It is too close to call Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial primary, with former TV news anchor Kari Lake leading real estate developer and Arizona Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson by fewer than 12,000 votes.
As of Wednesday morning, Lake had 46.2% of the vote, and Taylor Robson had 44.5% in the Republican primary. The two women are seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The race 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, who is a strong supporter of Trump’s repeated and unproven claims that his 2020 election loss to President Biden was due to massive voter fraud.”
Trump campaigned for Lake twice in Arizona and talked about the fake news media and problems with the Arizona election in 2020- which was a huge part of Lake’s campaign platform. CONTINUE READING…