Ducey endorses Taylor Robson in Arizona GOP governor’s race
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed gubernatorial hopeful Karrin Taylor Robson in the GOP race, he announced Thursday.
“There’s only one great candidate for governor this year – Karrin Taylor Robson – and I’m proud to support her,” Ducey said in a video. “There are no surprises with Karrin. She’s a lifelong conservative … Karrin is the real deal.”
The term-limited Ducey said in an appearance on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Wednesday that as co-chair of the Republican Governors Association, he was “in the business of electing Republican governors and that includes the state of Arizona.”
In a press release Thursday, Taylor Robson said, “I’m humbled to receive Gov. Ducey’s endorsement to succeed him as the next governor of our great state of Arizona.”
She added she intended to build on his legacy.
Taylor Robson is one of four remaining candidates. Former TV news anchor Kari Lake, small business owner Scott Neely and businesswoman Paola Tulliani-Zen round out the field.
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon dropped out of the race June 28 and endorsed Taylor Robson the next day.
Lake has led polling since the start of campaigning. In the latest OH Predictive Insights survey of likely Republican voters, she held a 5-point lead, 40%-35%, over Taylor Robson.
The gap narrowed from 8 points in a previous poll.
Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary started Wednesday, when the first voting centers opened and mail ballots were sent out.
In 2020, 90% of Arizona voters cast an early or mail ballot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.