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Trump ally Kari Lake to launch US Senate bid in Arizona

Published Oct 10, 2023 06:06AM ET Updated Oct 10, 2023 11:27PM ET
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© Reuters. Kari Lake, former candidate for Governor of Arizona, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., March 4, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arizona Republican Kari Lake, a far-right ally of Donald Trump, on Tuesday is expected to announce her candidacy for her party's U.S. Senate nomination, in what could be a highly competitive three-way general election race in November 2024.

Arizona is already one of the most politically competitive U.S. states but its Senate race became all the more so after Senator Kyrsten Sinema in December dropped her Democratic affiliation and declared herself an independent.

Sinema has not yet said if she will seek reelection but Democratic U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, a liberal and former Marine with Iraq war combat experience, is making a bid for the Democratic nomination for that seat.

Arizona is one of eight competitive seats Democrats will be defending in 2024 as they try to protect their narrow 51-49 Senate majority. Lake plans to announce her candidacy at a 6:30 p.m. MT Tuesday (0030 GMT Wednesday) event in Scottsdale.

Lake, a former television news anchor at a Fox network station in Phoenix, ran in 2022 for governor, narrowly losing to Democrat Katie Hobbs. The Republican still has not conceded defeat, following former President Trump's practice of claiming falsely that his 2020 presidential election loss was the result of widespread fraud.

Lake is closely aligned with Trump, who so far leads the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. In the past she has glowingly referred to him as "Superman."

Arizona shares around 370 miles (600 km) of its border with Mexico and immigration is sure to be one of the main topics in the Senate race. Some establishment Republicans have fretted that if she wins the nomination, her fiery, hard-right, election-denier stances might not sit well with some of the state's voters.

"There is an invasion at the Arizona border RIGHT NOW. Kyrsten Sinema and Ruben Gallego repeatedly voted AGAINST funding the border wall. They have rubber-stamped this open borders agenda. Arizonans are sick of it," Lake said on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Monday.

Lake joins a handful of Republican aspirants, including Mark Lamb, a sheriff in Pinal County, which is located between Phoenix and Tucson, and businessman Brian Wright.

Trump ally Kari Lake to launch US Senate bid in Arizona
 

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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 11, 2023 6:11AM ET
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"Lake, a former television news anchor at a Fox network station in Phoenix, ran in 2022 for governor, narrowly losing to Democrat Katie Hobbs........Lake is closely aligned with Trump...."  -- losers do tend to hang out together, same as in high school
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 11, 2023 1:39AM ET
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in other news, republican posterboy, santos, is charged with stealing his donors’ identities and charging their credit cards to fund his bank account.. voting republican has consequences, and they're always negative...
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Oct 11, 2023 1:33AM ET
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Absolutely LuV Kari Lake she stands for the Truth something R'ters knows Nothing about!
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Oct 11, 2023 1:29AM ET
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Lake is Governor and Trump is President and we All know it !
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Trumpster Rocks Oct 11, 2023 1:23AM ET
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Why is the Truth always labeled conspiracy theory? lib fArt jargen
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 11, 2023 1:23AM ET
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because in the real world, the fiction that you call 'the truth', are in reality lies...
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Oct 11, 2023 1:19AM ET
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Tx for your comment we are not publishing it
Rawling and Mason Meagher
Rawling and Mason Meagher Oct 11, 2023 1:17AM ET
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She is as stupid and mean as she is deluded &nuts
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 11, 2023 12:22AM ET
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as a compulsive liar, hate-peddler, and trump-stooge, she fits nicely in with the maga-cult..
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 11, 2023 12:22AM ET
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..and of course, she's also a deranged conspiracy theorist. what's there to like..?
Jim Davies
Jim Davies Oct 11, 2023 12:17AM ET
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Lake is far better than any one in the Senate.
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Oct 11, 2023 12:17AM ET
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by far!
Tom Saltzman
Tom Saltzman Oct 10, 2023 11:43PM ET
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Senator Lake is much better than Governor Lake.
 
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