Kari Lake, the former TV news anchor who built a campaign on bashing the media as propagandists and promoting falsehoods about the 2020 election, won the GOP nomination for governor in Arizona on Thursday night.
Lake will face Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the state’s chief elections officer, in November, setting up a showdown being framed as election denier versus election defender.
The Trump-backed former primetime anchor for a Phoenix Fox affiliate beat Karrin Taylor Robson, a real estate developer and lawyer endorsed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who is term-limited.
Taylor Robson had an early lead after polls closed Tuesday, but Lake pulled ahead overnight as election day votes were being counted. By Wednesday morning, Lake was leading by fewer than 12,000 votes.
Lake gave a confident speech to supporters at her election night party in Scottsdale while also baselessly casting doubt on the electoral system, the Arizona Republic reported.
“I wanted to come out here tonight [and] say, ‘Wow, we already have the final results,’” she said. “But we know how our election systems work and ...