Kari Lake, Trump-backed draft dodger, wins GOP primary in Arizona governor’s race


Kari Lake, a 2020 draft ballot supported by former President Donald Trump, has won the Republican primary for governor in Arizona, beating Karrin Taylor Robson, a candidate supported by former Vice President Mike Pence, NBC News projects.

Lake’s victory, coupled with first victories in the state for two other election-denials, Republican nominee for Secretary of State Mark Finchem and Republican nominee for Attorney General Abraham Hamadeh, means Arizona could have election-deniers at the top positions that Monitor elections and validate and defend results in the important swing state.

Lake had 46.8 percent of the vote Thursday night and Taylor Robson had 44 percent, with 90 percent of expected votes counted. The scheduled Republican nominee first declared victory Tuesday night as she followed Taylor Robson, a real estate developer backed by both Pence and limited-term Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

Down 7 percentage points back then, Lake took to the stage Tuesday night and declared, “We won,” adding, “There’s no way for my opponent to win, and we won that race — period.”

About two hours later, as she began to move in front of Taylor Robson, Lake returned to the stage to once again declare victory.

“God brought us here for a reason,” Lake said. “The same God that parted the Red Sea, the same God that moved mountains, is with us now as we take back our lands and save this republic.”

“Let’s order some pizzas and celebrate!” she closed.

Lake, a longtime local news anchor backed by Trump and a number of his allies, had previously indicated that she would not accept the results of her election if she lost and that the race had already been marred by fraud and irregularities.

Lake, Finchem and Hamadeh have all called for decertification of the 2020 election.

The race was close: At 12:05 p.m. ET Wednesday, Lake led Taylor Robson by less than 2 percentage points with nearly 80% of the expected votes counted.

Lake now meets Katie Hobbs, the Arizona Secretary of State, who won the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday.

Hobbs told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday that it was “concerning” that her Republican rivals are making false claims of voter fraud in the main swing state, which Joe Biden won in 2020 by a little over 10,000 votes.

“It’s no surprise that they’re already making false allegations of fraud in this election, but it’s really concerning,” Hobbs said. “Trump is working to fit into all of these elections so he can put leaders in charge of the rules, change the rules and oversee certification in future elections so they can potentially overthrow the will of voters if they don’t want the outcome.” Kari Lake, Trump-backed draft dodger, wins GOP primary in Arizona governor’s race

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