Ducey again goes against Trump pick, endorses Beau Lane for Arizona Secretary of State

Jul 13, 2022, 3:25 PM

(Facebook Photos/Beau Lane and Governor Doug Ducey)...

(Facebook Photos/Beau Lane and Governor Doug Ducey)

(Facebook Photos/Beau Lane and Governor Doug Ducey)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday endorsed Beau Lane for Secretary of State, the second time in the past week Ducey has thrown his support behind a candidate in a race with a Donald Trump-backed candidate.

Ducey said Lane would help restore election confidence and “would serve Arizona well.”

“Beau Lane can’t be bought…he can’t be bullied…and he isn’t a politician who will always be lusting after the next job,” Ducey said in a statement. “He is the best possible choice we could have for Secretary of State.”

Lane, executive chairman of advertising company LaneTerralever, is one of four Republicans vying to earn the GOP nomination.

Rep. Mark Finchem, the Trump-backed candidate, and fellow Reps. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and Shawnna Bolick are also seeking to replace Democrat Katie Hobbs as secretary of state.

Polling released Tuesday by OH Predictive Insights had Finchem at 14%, Ugenti-Rita at 6%, Lane at 5% and Bolick at 3%. Seventy-two percent were unsure ahead of the Aug. 2 primary. Early voting got underway last week.

“It’s a good day,” Lane told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Wednesday. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Doug.”

Ducey’s first foray into endorsements came Thursday when he backed Karrin Taylor Robson to replace him as governor of Arizona.

He selected Taylor Robson over former TV news anchor Kari Lake, who has used Trump’s endorsement as campaign fuel leading up to the primary.

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Ducey again goes against Trump pick, endorses Beau Lane for Arizona Secretary of State