Kari Lake wins GOP nomination for governor: Live coverage: 2022 primary: NPR

The Arizona Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake speaks at an election-night gathering in Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug. 02, 2022.

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The Arizona Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake speaks at an election-night gathering in Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug. 02, 2022.

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PHOENIX – Two days after voting closed in Arizona, the Associated Press called the Republican primary for governor for former local news anchor Kari Lake, the new convert who refused the election for Republican reasons.

former president donald Trump’s favorite candidate The GOP bested an area of ​​expectations, but the only other real contender was developer Karin Taylor Robson. By the end of the campaign, a face-to-face race between the two candidates – neither of whom had previously been elected to office – was defined by who supported them.

There was Trump in the corner of the lake and a wave of former presidential aides swayed in the false narrative that President Joe Biden stole the election.

Taylor Robson was supported locally and nationally by establishment Republicans – including current Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and former Vice President Mike Pence.

He spent millions of dollars, much of which was his own wealth, to brand himself as a more justly-suspecting Republican, although Taylor Robson’s policies often do not differ from Lake’s. Both have one thing in common when it comes to border security and the so-called critical race theory. And Taylor Robson did little to address concerns about the 2020 election, while she criticized Lake for doubting the integrity of the 2022 vote.

But that wasn’t enough to beat Lake, who took an early lead in the polls after backing Trump in September 2021.

Less than two years ago, Lake was still reading the news on television. In March 2021, she resigned amid several controversial social media posts, including a debunked video spreading about COVID-19. Months later, she announced her campaign for governor. Much of his campaign was devoted to repeating the election lies of former presidents, both old and new – Lake has also, over the past few weeks, claimed fraud in Arizona’s current vote.

Now she will face Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who made a name for herself in 2020 for the opposite reason – defending the integrity of the 2020 election as Secretary of State, Arizona’s top election official.

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