Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake says Trump visit highlights importance of race

Jul 12, 2022, 12:07 PM | Updated: Jul 17, 2022, 2:23 pm

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX — Donald Trump-endorsed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake believes the former president holding an upcoming rally in Prescott Valley spotlights the importance of the race less than a month before the primary election.

“This race for governor is the most important race in the entire country,” Lake told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Tuesday. “And he knows that we can’t lose another.”

Trump’s rally at the Findlay Toyota Center on July 22 will highlight his support of Lake and other America First candidates from Arizona hoping to take control of high-profile offices in the state.

Polling has showed Lake with an advantage over fellow GOP candidate Karrin Taylor Robson, but an OH Predictive Insights survey released last week had Lake’s lead cut from 8 points to 5 points, 40%-35%, ahead of the Aug. 2 primary. Early voting in Arizona started Wednesday.

The GOP side of the gubernatorial race has heated up recently with Taylor Robson receiving a pair of key endorsements from former Arizona congressman Matt Salmon and Gov. Doug Ducey.

Salmon dropped out of the gubernatorial race June 28 and endorsed Taylor Robson a day later.

Salmon was only polling at 6%, according to OHPI, but about 80% of his votes went to Taylor Robson.

Ducey then on Thursday endorsed Taylor Robson, calling her “the real deal.”

Lake said her concern level with Taylor Robson was low.

“That’s why we’ve got the governor in a panic trying to come in and and make sure she gets in there,” Lake said.

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