Her victory is also a showdown between former President Trump and former Vice President Pence, the latter of whom endorsed Taylor Robson.
Lake celebrated her victory late Tuesday evening after a source told El American that she is the projected primary winner.
Lake, a former television news journalist, is known for her tough stance on the southern border.
“Kari will make her wonderful family, and the MAGA movement, very proud,” Trump said when he endorsed her.
Lake’s victory marked a perfect record for Trump-endorsed Republicans in the state’s major primary races. Venture capitalist Blake Masters claimed the party’s senatorial nomination while Mark Finchem won the secretary of state primary, and Abe Hamadeh won the attorney general primary contest.
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Corrupt Arizona officials stopped counting on Tuesday night after Kari Lake pulled ahead in her race.
The state officials then took most of Wednesday off and only released 5,000 more ballots by the end of the day.
Tonight they dumped several thousand more votes that put Kari Lake over the top.
Kari Lake released the message tonight.
Kari Lake Declares Victory in Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Primary
“This is more than an election – it is a beautiful movement by so many people across our beautiful state to finally put Arizona First.” Kari Lake released the following statement:
“Though the results took longer than they should have, Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake. My opponent Katie Hobbs had one job in government, and that was to ensure an efficiently-processed election. She failed spectacularly, and yet just like every other failed establishment politician, now she wants a promotion. Arizona just sent a clear message: our state is done with failed politicians like Katie Hobbs.
“This is more than an election – it is a beautiful movement by so many people across our beautiful state to finally put Arizona First. Our renewed Republican Party is now coming together to fight for a brighter and more prosperous future for every Arizonan. We will stop schools from indoctrinating our children and stop government bureaucrats from shutting down our businesses and livelihoods. We will get our homeless off the streets, invest in our families, and protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. We will put an end to the fentanyl, human trafficking, and drugs flowing across our open border. Starting tonight, we fight to defeat the radical, corrupt, incompetent Democrats and put our government back into the hands of the great people of Arizona!”
Lake’s victory on Thursday came two days after Election Day, following delays in Arizona’s ballot reporting. Although Lake initially trailed her challenger, Karrin Taylor Robson, on Election Day, Lake eventually took the lead as more ballots were processed and reported.
The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Arizona issued a joint statement on election night that blasted Arizona’s Pinal County for its poor handling of the election and called on the county elections director to resign.
During Arizona’s primary elections, the RNC and Republican Party of Arizona’s poll observer program documented and reported multiple failures by Pinal County’s Elections Administrator, including 63,000 mail-in ballots delivered to the wrong voters and multiple Republican- heavy precinct locations running out of ballots. This is a comprehensive failure that disenfranchises Arizonans and exemplifies why Republican-led efforts for transparency at the ballot box are so important. Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk should resign immediately.
At the time the race was called, Lake earned roughly 47 percent of the vote, with 93 percent reported. With more than 336,000 votes, Lake had an estimated 20,000 vote lead over Robson, who earned 44 percent of the vote.
Republican candidate Matt Salmon earned nearly four percent of the vote despite dropping out weeks before the primary was held.
Lake defeated Robson despite her being backed by establishment Republican politicians like former Vice President Mike Pence and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who cannot run again due to term limits.
Lake, a former local news anchor, won every Arizona county with the help of an endorsement by former President Donald Trump.
Lake will face Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democrat nominee for governor, in the November midterm election.
Lake criticized Hobbs for her role in the 2020 presidential election in a statement released shortly after the race was officially called for her. Lake said her victory sends a message that Arizona voters are “done with failed politicians like Katie Hobbs.
Though the results took longer than they should have, Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake. My opponent Katie Hobbs had one job in government, and that was to ensure an efficiently-processed election. She failed spectacularly, and yet just like every other failed establishment politician, now she wants a promotion. Arizona just sent a clear message: our state is done with failed politicians like Katie Hobbs.
Lake went on to lay out her plan for Arizona, if elected governor, which includes securing the southern border, getting woke indoctrination out of children’s classrooms, and defeating the radical left Democrats.
“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.
Our renewed Republican Party is now coming together to fight for a brighter and more prosperous future for every Arizonan. We will stop schools from indoctrinating our children and stop government bureaucrats from shutting down our businesses and livelihoods. We will get our homeless off the streets, invest in our families, and protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. We will put an end to the fentanyl, human trafficking, and drugs flowing across our open border. Starting tonight, we fight to defeat the radical, corrupt, incompetent Democrats and put our government back into the hands of the great people of Arizona!
Lake’s victory on Thursday marks a clean sweep for Trump-backed candidates in the Arizona GOP primary. Trump’s picks for U.S. Senate and Arizona attorney general, Blake Masters and Abe Hamadeh, both won their primaries.
Arizona voters appear to have set a new record in Republican primary voting turnout on Tuesday, according to a local analyst.
“With the total number of GOP votes in, combined with what is left outstanding it is a near certainty at this point that Republicans will smash turnout records for a primary,” tweeted ABC 15 journalist Garrett Archer on Wednesday night.
In looking at the gubernatorial primaries specifically, Republican votes outnumbered Democrat votes by 157,753 as of Thursday at 8:15 p.m. EST, according to the Associated Press election results compiled by the New York Times. Thus far, 660,735 Arizonans’ ballots for Republicans have been counted, with 17 percent of the vote still out, meaning this number will grow substantially. Conversely, Democrat gubernatorial primary candidates drew 502,982, but the number will rise, considering 19 percent of the ballots have yet to be tabulated.
Excellent news in Arizona for GOP — turnout in its contested governor primary so far generated about 150k more votes than contested Democrat primary did. And Biden “won” that state by fewer than 11k votes in 2020.
Republican gubernatorial candidates were headlined by former Fox 10 Phoenix anchor Kari Lake, backed by former President Donald J. Trump, and Karrin Taylor Robson. Lake leads by more than 12,000 votes. Though a winner has not been declared in the race by mainstream media outlets and publications, Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report noted Wednesday morning that it looks like Lake will remain in the driver’s seat to the finish and ultimately come away with the nomination.
Trump-endorsed Kari Lake (R) has taken the lead over Gov. Ducey-backed Karrin Taylor Robson (R) by 11,324 votes (1.8 pts) in the #AZGOV GOP primary w/ more EDay ballots counted, and it doesn’t look like she’s giving it back.
The pair, in addition to three other GOP candidates, have already outpaced Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R-AZ) and two other GOP candidates’ combined vote total of 655,538 in 2018 by nearly 5,197 votes, with just 83 percent reporting in the 2022 primary. By contrast, Democrats have yet to eclipse their 2018 vote totals of 505,481, with 19 percent of the vote still uncounted. What is more, the vote total margin for Republicans over Democrats is already 7,696 votes higher than the 150,057 vote margin of the 2018 governor’s race primaries.
Of 2022 gubernatorial primary voters who voted for a candidate in the two major parties, 57 percent of the votes tabulated thus far were for a Republican, which is up a percentage point from 2018. After GOP candidates drew 56 percent of the vote in the primary that year, Ducey went on to a sweeping election night victory taking home 56 percent of the vote. This is promising news for GOP in November’s upcoming general election and a potential harbinger of things to come, considering the percentage of GOP primary voters translated to an identical percentage of Republican voters in the general election.
The Trump-endorsed candidates in Arizona are running the board; however, the corrupt, conniving and scheming UniParty constructs that have thoroughly infected the state election process still remain.
As it currently stands, Trump-endorsed Blake Masters appears to have easily won the GOP primary in the Senate race and will now face Mark Kelly. The comprehensively corrupt Rusty Bowers, the Arizona state House speaker who was insistent upon retaining corruption as a political business model – and a favorite of the J6 committee in DC, has thankfully lost his bid for a state senate seat to Trump-endorsed David Farnsworth.
Additionally, Trump-endorsed Kari Lake (pictured above last night) has taken a sizable lead in Governor’s primary race over decepticon Mike Pence-endorsed Karrin Taylor Robson.
Meanwhile, Arizona voters have overwhelmingly selected Trump-endorsed Mark Finchem as their candidate for the secretary of state’s office. Perhaps Finchem, if he succeeds in the general election, can finally fix the insufferable mess of Arizona elections.
Kari Lake’s victory, if certified, is a profound set-back for the two UniParty wings of the political club.
No doubt RNC Club Chairwoman Heavy McD (Ronna McDaniel) ate a few extra slices of red velvet cake for breakfast before throwing the coffee pot at the trembling concierge hiding behind the spa door. For the Arizona contest, Ms Kari Lake raised about $3.8 million in mostly small dollar donations, while Ms. Taylor Robson -a billionaire club member- raised more than $18 million. The one thing Arizona voters and Heavy D would agree upon, is that Arizona rebels are revolting.
In the State of Florida, it was always Broward County that led to more than twenty years of constant eyerolls whenever an election cycle came around. The issues with Broward County voting in the sunshine state were well documented, transparently corrupt and brutally obvious for decades.
Then newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis finally intervened, appointed state oversight, removed the corrupt Brenda Snipes (with her entire staff) as supervisor of elections, and ‘presto’ – just like that all of the Broward County issues mysteriously resolved. In 2020 the full state reported election results by 10pm on election night. Funny that.
The state of Arizona, specifically Maricopa and Pima counties, who seem to need days -if not weeks- to tally their votes, perhaps needing the assistance of DNC trained carrier pigeons handled by GOPe caretakers, has become the new Broward County.
Despite the intransigence of the GOP club, the insurgent MAGA victories continue….
John James (MI-10)
Tudor Dixon (MI Gov)
John Gibbs (MI-3 defeated impeachment R)
Blake Masters (AZ Senate)
Kari Lake (AZ-Gov)
Mark Finchem (AZ Sec State)
David Farnsworth (AZ- State Sen beats J6 Rusty Bowyers)
Voters in Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, Washington State, Kansas, and Ohio head to the polls on Tuesday to again test the resolve of former President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement, with several key races from coast to coast setting the tone for the future of the Republican Party.
In Missouri, former Gov. Eric Greitens faces off against Attorney General Eric Schmitt in the GOP senatorial primary also featuring Reps. Billy Long (R-MO) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). Greitens, who has portrayed himself as the real MAGA candidate, was the first candidate nationwide to pledge to oppose Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell no matter what if elected. His anti-establishment aggression has drawn fierce opposition from the likes of McConnell and other establishment foes like former George W. Bush aide Karl Rove, but Schmitt has tried to position himself similarly–despite backing from major mega-donors connected to McConnell–as a Trump-aligned conservative. The fight for Trump’s support culminated on Monday with an endorsement by Trump for simply “ERIC”–with the former president not specifying one or the other–and both of them claiming his endorsement meant them. Whichever one wins will say a lot about the future of the party, and could set the tone for the beginning of the end of McConnell either way as even Schmitt came out against McConnell at the very end of the race following Greitens’ lead.
Out in Arizona, Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has shocked the GOP establishment with a brash campaign while the establishment has rushed in to push Karrin Taylor Robson. The race has pitted Trump against his former wingman former Vice President Mike Pence, who campaigned for Robson on the same day Trump held a rally with Lake. Lake seems to have broken out in the polls in the home stretch, suggesting Trump’s backing and her aggressive anti-establishment style might win the day–and a loss for Robson would be a serious setback for the establishment wing of the GOP. In the Senate primary, likewise, a similar type of fight is playing out with Trump-backed Blake Masters taking a huge lead over his primary opponents as Republicans look to November to try to oust Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in this critical race.
Michiganders, meanwhile, will select who will face off against Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with Tudor Dixon the favorite to close the deal in the primary on Tuesday night after she surged in polls thanks to a late endorsement from Trump in the final days of the campaign. Dixon will have to work to unite the party after a bruising primary and challenge the increasingly competitive Whitmer in November, and has a tough road ahead of her, but many allies of Dixon’s think she can pull it off. Michigan voters will also judge the fate of Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in early 2021.
Up in Washington State, two impeachment Republicans–Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)–also face judgement day. If any of these three go down on Tuesday night, that bodes even more badly for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose Wyoming primary looms just a couple weeks from now on August 16.
Ohio voters meanwhile have statehouse elections, and there may be some interesting developments there. Kansas, too, is going to select a GOP nominee for governor to take on Gov. Laura Kelly (D-KS)–a Democrat and top target of Republicans this year.
The polls close in Ohio at 7:30 p.m. ET, in Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas at 8:00 p.m. ET, in Arizona at 10:00 p.m. ET, and in Washington State at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Follow along here for live updates as the results pour in from across the country.
In Michigan’s third congressional district with 3 percent reporting, Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)–one of the 10 Republicans who backed Trump’s impeachment–is losing big to Trump-backed challenger John Gibbs. Gibbs, at 63 percent, is way ahead of Meijer’s 37 percent.
UPDATE 9:01 p.m. ET:
Wasserman from Cook Political Report is saying that he expects Schmitt will win in Missouri:
I’ve seen enough: Eric Schmitt (R) wins the #MOSEN GOP primary, defeating Vicky Hartzler (R), Eric Greitens (R) and others.
According to the New York Times, only 4 percent are reporting but Schmitt is at 45.9 percent and Hartzler is at 22.2 percent while Greitens is at 17.9 percent.
UPDATE 8:49 p.m. ET:
With 2 percent reporting now in Missouri, Schmitt has 44.6 percent and Hartzler has 24.4 percent while Greitens has 16.7 percent.
UPDATE 8:48 p.m. ET:
With 1 percent reporting so far in Missouri, Schmitt has a big lead–but much of what is reporting is from major metro areas like St. Louis and Kansas City. Rural areas are not in yet, so it will be interesting if this dynamic changes or not.
UPDATE 8:41 p.m. ET:
Still less than 3,000 votes are reported and less than 1 percent of primary turnout is reported in Missouri, so these results are insignificant so far but Schmitt has the lead and Vicky Hartzler is in second and Greitens is in third so far.
UPDATE 8:37 p.m. ET:
Wasserman also called the race for Stevens over Levin in Michigan:
I’ve seen enough: Rep. Haley Stevens (D) wins the #MI11 Dem primary, defeating progressive Rep. Andy Levin (D). @CookPolitical November rating: Solid D.
In Michigan, in the 11th congressional district Democrat primary, Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Andy Levin (D-MI) are facing off due to redistricting forcing a member-member primary. Stevens currently has the edge there, but this one has waffled back and forth and is worth watching.
UPDATE 8:27 p.m. ET:
With 2 percent reporting in Kansas in the GOP primary for governor, Trump-backed Derek Schmidt leads big with 74.4 percent of the vote. He is cruising there.
UPDATE 8:25 p.m. ET:
With 3 percent now reporting in Michigan, Tudor Dixon has expanded her lead to nearly 10,000 votes and has 46.8 percent to Rinke’s 23.1 percent.
UPDATE 8:16 p.m. ET:
The first votes are in now in Michigan’s GOP gubernatorial primary, with 1 percent reporting, and Trump-backed Tudor Dixon is up big. She’s at 46.1 percent and Kevin Rinke is in second with 31.1 percent–a 15 percent lead for Dixon–and while it’s still early that’s a strong start for her.
UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET:
State officials say that turnout in Missouri today is extremely low:
How this affects the race remains to be seen, but it is interesting that despite the intense national political interest and millions of dollars spent that turnout was this low.
UPDATE 8:04 p.m. ET:
The first votes are coming in from Missouri–less than a percent of those cast–and Schmitt has an early lead with 276 votes to 134 for Greitens.
UPDATE 8:01 p.m. ET:
Per former President Donald Trump’s team, beyond his generic “Eric” endorsement in Missouri he has many endorsements on the line tonight including several major federal and statewide endorsements around the country. They are as follows:
Arizona-01 David Schweikert Arizona-02 Eli Crane Arizona-05 Andy Biggs Arizona-08 Debbie Lesko Arizona-09 Paul Gosar Arizona-Attorney General Abe Hamadeh Arizona-Governor Kari Lake Arizona-Secretary of State Mark Finchem Arizona-Senate Blake Masters Arizona-State Senate-07 Wendy Rogers Arizona-State Senate-09 Rob Scantlebury Arizona-State Senate-10 David Farnsworth Arizona-State Senate-27 Anthony Kern Arizona-State Senate-29 Janae Shamp Kansas-01 Tracey Mann Kansas-02 Jake LaTurner Kansas-04 Ron Estes Kansas-Governor Derek Schmidt Kansas-Senate Jerry Moran Michigan-Governor Tudor Dixon Michigan-01 Jack Bergman Michigan-02 John Moolenaar Michigan-03 John Gibbs Michigan-04 Bill Huizenga Michigan-05 Tim Walberg Michigan-09 Lisa McClain Michigan-10 John James Michigan-State House-36 Steve Carra Michigan-State House-43 Rachelle Smit Michigan-State House-51 Matt Maddock Michigan-State House-63 Jacky Eubanks Michigan-State House-71 Kevin Rathbun Michigan-State House-79 Angela Rigas Michigan-State House-88 Mick Bricker Michigan-State House-99 Mike Hoadley Michigan-State Senate-17 Jonathan Lindsey Michigan-State Senate-22 Mike Detmer Missouri-03 Blaine Luetkemeyer Missouri-06 Sam Graves Missouri-08 Jason Smith Washington-03 Joe Kent Washington-04 Loren Culp
UPDATE 8 p.m. ET:
The polls have closed in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio. Results are expected imminently in each.
Former President Donald Trump-backed candidates Kari Lake, running for governor, and Blake Masters, running for U.S. Senate, have taken commanding leads in the polls just days before Arizona’s primaries.
The OH Predictive poll conducted on July 27 found that the GOP likely voters supported the Trump-backed candidates for office over the rest of the candidates’ respective fields.
Among the 502 respondents, Lake, a former local Fox 10 news anchor, held a double-digit lead, with 51 percent saying they would vote for her. The next closest competitor was Karrin Taylor Robson, with 33 percent of the vote.
The other candidates were Matt Salmon, with two percent of the vote, as well as Scott Neely and Paola Tulliani-Zen, with one percent. Twelve percent said they were unsure or refused to answer.
Lake captured 75 percent of the group of respondents who identified as Trump supporters.
The same poll found that Masters held a double-digit lead over his closest competitor. Masters garnered 36 percent support, while Jim Lamon only took in 21 percent.
The other Republican primary contenders were March Brnovich with 12 percent, Michael McGuire with five percent, and Justin Olson with three percent. Additionally, 22 percent said they were unsure or refused to answer.
The poll, which had a 4.37 percent margin of error, also found that Masters’ rise in the poll has come from Trump supporters, as 53 percent of the group support the Republican candidate.
The pollsters noted that, with only days left in the governor’s race, Lake has been gaining support, as the Arizona primary has gained attention due to the “proxy battle between the GOP Party and Trump loyalists”:
With only days left in the GOP Primary race for Governor, the latest polling shows Likely GOP Primary voters breaking heavy and hard for the former local Fox 10 News Anchor-turned gubernatorial candidate, Kari Lake. With one week before voters received early ballots, OHPI’s poll showed a close race between Lake and Robson – not anymore. Much has happened since the contest gained national attention as a proxy battle between the GOP Party and Trump loyalists – with lots of money spent in the process.
The poll showing the Trump-backed candidates are leading their respective primary fields came only days after Breitbart News’ Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle and political reporter Ashley Oliver wrote that there is a “proxy war” brewing in the Grand Canyon State.
The two wrote that the state that once elected Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) as senators may herald Trump’s return by electing his preferred candidates:
What has become a proxy war between Trump and several elements of the old donor class and seen skirmishes in other states like Georgia and Nebraska in gubernatorial primaries this year has now burst out into the wide open just two weeks ahead of the all-important August 2 election.
The battle that has been playing out all year has seen victories and losses for both sides — albeit far more wins for Trump and far more losses for the donor class establishment, though some early strategically-placed victories for the old guard had some wondering if Trump had lost his fastball. Trump is perfect in U.S. Senate primary endorsements so far this cycle, and also has a perfect endorsement record across 23 states after a win this week in Maryland’s gubernatorial primary against Never Trump Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) handpicked candidate.
While those battles are not happening yet directly in front of the public — they very much are playing out behind the scenes with consultants and party power brokers trying to change the landscape to deliver advantages to their favored players — Friday’s events in Arizona could very well be a major preview of things to come in the months and years ahead for Trump and for the party as a whole.
The poll also showed that 49 percent of respondents had already voted, while 51 percent said they were planning on voting.
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