Trump vs. Pence in Arizona: MAGA candidate Kari Lake trails former VP Karyn Taylor Robeson in tight GOP gubernatorial primary

  • Lake, a former local news anchor, has been endorsed in the race by Donald Trump
  • As of North, she trails Robson by almost 10 points with almost 60% of the vote
  • Mike Pence and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stood behind Robson, a business executive and former member of the state Board of Regents
  • Trump-endorsed Blake Masters wins Arizona’s GOP Senate primary
  • The ex-presidential candidate also won the Republican gubernatorial primary and faced Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat.
  • Whoever wins Arizona’s GOP gubernatorial primary will face Arizona Secretary of State Kathy Hobbs, a Democrat, in November

After weeks of dominating early polls, former local news anchor Kari Lake trails her opponent Karin Taylor Robson by nearly 10 points. Arizona‘s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday night.

As of midnight ET Wednesday morning, business executive Robson has about 49 percent of the vote compared to Lake, who hovers around 40 percent.

According to the data, almost 60 percent of the votes have been counted New York Times.

Tuesday’s Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is one of the most closely watched races — not because of the candidates running, but rather because of their high-profile supporters.

The contest between Lake and Robeson has been highlighted as a proxy battle between Trump and his former vice president, Mike Pence.

Pence endorsed Robeson in mid-July, weeks after Trump had already made his commitment to Lake known.

Trump campaigned twice for Lake in Arizona. During the election campaign, the ex-journalist willingly promoted theories of the former president’s conspiracy to falsify the elections.

Perhaps anticipating Tuesday’s close race, Lake also sought to cast doubt on her own election, claiming there were irregularities and other problems before voters even went to the polls.

Robeson, who unlike Lake has pledged to honor the election results, also has the support of term-limited Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who has ousted Lake in the past for her fringe beliefs.

Dassey also made himself one of Trump’s political enemies when he refused to agree with the former president’s claims that Joe Biden narrowly won the state in 2020 because of widespread voter fraud.

The eventual winner will face Arizona Secretary of State Democrat Kathy Hobbs in the November general election.

Meanwhile, Trump is also eyeing a victory in the state Senate GOP primary with his chosen candidate, Blake Masters, leading as of two hours after polls closed.

If he wins the Masters, he will face incumbent Democratic senator and retired astronaut Mark Kelly in the November midterm elections.

For weeks, he held a double-digit lead in the polls over his next closest primary opponent, businessman Jim Layman.

As of North on the East Coast, Masters leads Lamon by about five points.

...and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, who also served in the Reagan administration, Karin Taylor Robeson

Arizona Republicans head to the polls on Aug. 2 to choose between Trump-backed former local news anchor Kari Lake (left) and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, who also served in the Reagan administration, Caryn Taylor Robeson (right)

Mike Pence and Donald Trump will meet for the second time in this year's midterm races

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is backed by Pence, defeated Trump nominee David Perdue in late May

Mike Pence and Donald Trump are facing off in the midterm elections for the second time this year after Pence-backed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defeated Trump’s running mate David Perdue

After months of early polls showing Lake with a substantial lead, Robson quickly overtook her thanks to her high-profile supporters.

An Emerson poll in late July shows Robson with 49 percent of the vote compared to Lake’s 48 percent, effectively a dead win.

Meanwhile, Trump also fared well in Michigan’s GOP gubernatorial primary on Tuesday.

Former conservative commentator Tudor Dixon easily won the crowded race after being endorsed by the ex-president last week.

She will now fight to unseat Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who has been seen as a potential 2024 candidate, on Michigan’s November election day.

Robson said Fox News in an interview late last month: “I’m the best choice because I don’t need on-the-job training. I will tell the voters that if you want to see what that looks like, look at Kamala Harris. It’s not pretty.”

“I bring to the table 30 years of experience on substantive issues that matter to Arizona. I also bring with me 30 years of experience as an executive, a small business owner, a lawyer, someone who has signed both sides of a paycheck, someone who has a reputation for bringing people together, bringing them together to solve complex problems. problems.’

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