Carrie Lake, who in two years went from veteran local TV news anchor to far-right political activist, has won Arizona’s Republican primary for governor, according to the Associated Press.
Ms. Lake prevailed in a field that included Karrin Taylor Robson — an ally of Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican who defied former President Donald J. Trump by defending the results of the 2020 Arizona election — and two other candidates.
Ms. Lake will face Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, in the general election. Mr. Ducey is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
In a statement on Thursday night after announcing her race, Ms. Lake poked fun at the election process and Ms. Hobbs as she claimed victory. “Although the results took longer than they should have, Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment have just caused a political earthquake,” he said.
Almost as soon as she left the Phoenix TV station in the spring of 2021, Ms. Lake began repeatedly proclaiming that Mr. Trump, who endorsed her that fall, had been cheated out of a second term. After spending 25 years on local television, she attacked the media as corrupt.
The contest was the latest gubernatorial primary to become a proxy war between Mr. Trump and incumbent Republican power brokers.
As in Maryland and Illinois, where Trump-endorsed candidates unseated opponents backed by local Democratic Party officials, Ms. Lake’s victory signaled the waning power of party sponsors and television spending. Ms. Taylor Robson, a developer who served on the Arizona Board of Regents, largely paid for her own campaign, spending millions more on television ads than Ms. Lake.
But in the end, Mr. Trump’s support proved more valuable than anything Ms. Taylor Robson could buy.