With Republican primaries occurring around the nation, party members are at war over endorsements.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has not backed all of former President Donald Trump’s contenders.
In certain elections, Trump and Pence support opposing candidates.
This is the second time in the last two months that Pence has diverged from Trump in the Republican primary.
The former vice president backed Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and campaigned with him outside of Atlanta the day before the state’s primary on May 24.
Kemp defeated former Sen. David Perdue, who was endorsed by Trump, in the primary.
Since Kemp certified the 2020 election results in Georgia, when Biden narrowly defeated Trump in a vital swing state, Trump had constantly assailed Kemp.
Now, both former leaders are traveling to Arizona for a contest between their respective gubernatorial candidates.
Pence and Trump will be in Arizona on Friday to campaign for the candidates they support, which will likely result in split-screen pictures of the former running mates who, according to rumor, may face off in the 2024 Republican presidential primary battle.
Former President Trump has endorsed a number of candidates in the primary election.
Trump will headline a rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, approximately 90 miles north of Phoenix, for Lake and three other Republican candidates endorsed by the former president: venture capitalist Blake Masters for the Senate, Abe Hamadeh for Arizona attorney general, and state representative Mark Finchem for Arizona secretary of state.
Trump is not a fan of the current governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, because he certified Biden’s razor-thin victory in the southwestern battleground without questioning the ballots.
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Earlier this month, Ducey made headlines by endorsing Taylor Robson, and further alienated the former president.
“Karrin Taylor Robson is the best conservative in the race for governor,” Ducey told Fox News last week. “I’ve said that I’m going to care very much about who my successor is. And Karrin Taylor Robson is the real deal.”
Trump is endorsing Kari Lake, a former TV anchor, who has embraced election reform and is against mask/vaccine mandates. CONTINUE READING…