Former President Donald Trump’s preferred candidate in Arizona has won the Republican gubernatorial primary, meaning all of Trump’s preferred candidates in the state have won their races.
Former news anchor Cary Lake defeated Carlin Taylor Robson, who was backed by former Vice President Mike Pence and current Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
Ms. Lake has been one of the most prominent parrots of Trump’s lies about the theft of the 2020 presidential election. Despite her victory, Ms Lake still claimed voter fraud in her campaign.
“We voted against fraud, we didn’t listen to what the fake news was saying,” she said Wednesday, when she was slightly ahead but her victory was unclear, Arizona Daily Mirror report.
Specifically, both Ms. Lake and the RNC have complained about the difficulty of voting in Pinar County, especially when many votes Center has run out of ballotsThis led to the RNC and Arizona Republican Party calling for the resignation of Returning Director David Fisk, which he eventually did.
Ms. Lake will now face Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who played a major role in planning Trump’s contested 2020 Arizona election.
Ms Lake’s victory also marked Mr Trump’s complete takeover of the Arizona vote. His preferred Senate candidate, Blake Masters, won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Senator Mark Kelly. Meanwhile, his favorite candidate for Secretary of State Mark Fincher, who oversees the election, won his primary, and Abraham Hamad won the primary for attorney general.
Elsewhere on the ballot, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Powers lost a major challenge to his state Senate seat when he testified Jan. 6 before the House select committee investigating the inquiry.