Kari Lake launches bid for US Senate in Arizona

Kari Lake launches bid for US Senate in Arizona

On Tuesday, Kari Lake, a Republican who lost the governor’s election in Arizona but never accepted her defeat, declared her intention to compete for the US Senate in that western state.

Kari Lake launches bid for US Senate in Arizona

Just one week after submitting her Senate bid papers, Lake made her announcement in Scottsdale on Tuesday.

According to CNN, Lake addressed a group of supporters, saying, “I am not going to retreat. I’m gonna stand on top of this hill with every single one of you, and I know you’re by my side as I formally announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

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Former TV news anchor Lake entered politics by repeatedly stating untrue things concerning elections. Former President Donald Trump, who once commended Lake for her ability to bring up election fraud consistently and has been floated as a potential running mate for Trump.

Lake has attempted to prove she is the legitimate governor of Arizona by taking her election denials to court, but her attempts have been fruitless so far. The court has imposed sanctions on her legal team in two separate cases.

After Republicans lost significant races in the swing state in 2022, Lake sought the Senate. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, defeated Blake Masters, a Republican party candidate.

Lake lost the governor’s race by about 17,000 votes. Republicans lost the secretary of state and attorney general races as well. Lake alienated mainstream Republicans and failed to win over independent voters, who comprise roughly one-third of Arizona’s population.

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The state’s Senate contest is expected to be among the most expensive and competitive in the country. Arizona’s Pinal County Sheriff, Mark Lamb, a Republican, has already declared for the Senate. There is Representative Ruben Gallego on the Democratic side.

The dynamics would be particularly challenging if sitting Senator Kyrsten Sinema, an independent who was previously a Democrat, chooses to run for reelection.

Although Sinema has yet to declare her intention to run for reelection, her staff has been quietly developing a plan to launch an independent campaign without the backing of her party.

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For her Senate bid, Lake has already begun her campaign trail antics, including a constant camera following her whenever she conflicts with lawmakers or reporters.

Last week, she confronted Gallego at the airport in Phoenix, posing inquiries and voicing concerns on the US-Mexico border. The senatorial contest will be a “knock-down, drag-out,” she informed the congressman.

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