Her victory makes her the fourth Republican to push Trump’s campaign lies to win a major nomination in Arizona, following CNN’s predictions earlier this week for the US Senate, secretary of state and attorney general.
Lake, who was endorsed by Trump, will defeat Karyn Taylor-Robson, a former member of the state Board of Regents and the Republican incumbent, backed by outgoing Gov. Doug Ducey and former Vice President Mike Pence.
The race in its final days has turned into a proxy tug-of-war between Trump and Pence over the direction of the Republican Party, with Trump visiting Arizona to campaign for Lake and a crowd of naysayers he had backed for office. across the state, and Pence is campaigning alongside Robson.
Lake has made lying about voter fraud a centerpiece of her campaign — an approach likely to continue in a November general election matchup against Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs, the secretary of state who defended Arizona’s presidential results for 2020 and the predominantly mail-in voting system. .
Hours before the polls closed, Lake had already told reporters that she would either win or the result would be a sham.
“If we don’t win, there’s some cheating involved. And we already know that,” he said Tuesday.
In Arizona’s other top races, Blake Masters, the onetime venture capitalist, will secure the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, while Arizona Republicans have selected state Rep. Mark Finchem, a recusal, as their candidate to take over the steering wheel of the state’s electoral machinery, CNN works. And in the attorney general race, Trump’s preferred candidate, election denier Abraham Hamadeh, won the Republican nomination, CNN also reports.
Masters will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in his primary on Tuesday, in what is expected to be one of the nation’s most competitive and expensive midterm races, with control of the Senate 50-50 on the line. .
Masters was the managing director of GOP megadonor Peter Thiel’s investment firm, and his campaign was supported by more than $15 million in spending from Thiel.
Masters, who has spread lies about the 2020 election results and accused Democrats of trying to “change the demographics” of the country, defeated businessman Jim Lamon and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, among others, in the primary GOP election on Tuesday.
Finchem is aiming to be the chief election officer in a state that conducts mostly mail-in voting and has been the target of a series of conspiracy theories promoted by Trump and his allies, who falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen by former president. Arizona’s secretary of state is the state’s second-highest executive elected official and first in line to succeed the governor, as the state does not have a lieutenant governor.
Finchem was a member of the far-right “Oath Keepers” in 2014 and was an organizer of the “Stop the Steal” movement that was fueled by Trump’s lies about election fraud.
Finchem said the state Legislature should be able to override the will of voters in presidential elections — a position that, if adopted by Republicans after the November election, could lead to a crisis in his election. 2024 in one of the nation’s most competitive battleground states.
He will face Democrat Adrian Fontes, the Maricopa County Recorder, in the fall.
This story has been updated with additional information.