Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has won the Republican nomination in the Arizona primary election.
“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!”
The Associated Press called the race on Thursday night at 10:09 p.m. Eastern Time. With 88 percent of the total vote counted, Lake had 46.8 percent, and the self-funded Karrin Taylor Robson had 44 percent.
Lake, a former local news anchor, defeated Robson in a race that was seen as a litmus test of Trump’s influence over the GOP voter base compared to that of establishment GOP figures. On Thursday night, Lake held the lead over Robson in all Arizona counties.
Lake’s win became the latest in Trump’s sweeping endorsement record in Arizona, where his picks in the races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, secretary of state, attorney general, and the state Legislature all won GOP nomination in the primaries.
Trump endorsed Lake multiple times leading up to the election, calling her a “fantastic person” who “will do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey.” Trump endorsed Lake when holding a "Save America" rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on July 22.
Meanwhile, Lake said her campaign trail to the Republican nomination for governor was troubled by the very thing she pledged to eliminate.
“You completely overwhelmed the system on Election Day!” Lake said in a Thursday Twitter post celebrating her win before The Associated Press called the race, alleging fraud in the 2022 primaries in Arizona.
Election Fraud AllegationsIn addition to being a hawk on a wide swath of conservative issues, Lake vigorously contended the results of the 2020 election, alleging widespread fraud in favor of then-candidate Joe Biden and pledging to improve election security if elected.
Findings from Dinesh D’Souza’s '2000 Mules' movie, the investigation by True The Vote, and the Arizona forensic audit are “pure evidence that’s admissible in a court of law,” Lake said.
Lake has called for numerous reforms to election practices, including having voter ID on all ballots, requiring pre-printed paper ballots, conducting post-election audits, and banning all election equipment that uses any software.
“Ensuring election integrity in the future is incredibly simple if we simply have the political will to do it,” her website states.