ARIZONA, November 7, 2022—“You can call me Trump in a dress any day”, Kari Lake told a cheering crowd at a campaign rally.
Democrats worry she may soon be President Trump’s 2024 running mate or even a credible – and they argue dangerous – candidate for the White House.
Like President Trump, M.s Lake built her profile and fine-tuned her communication skills through television, anchoring Arizona’s local news broadcasts for 22 years.
Arizona later became ground-zero for the “Stop The Steal” movement to challenge that knife-edge result.
Ms Lake quit her highly-paid presenting job, complaining some in the media were “unethical, biased, completely immoral”. She has since called reporters “monsters”.
Now Ms Lake is one of a slate of Trump-backed candidates in Arizona, all but one of whom have questioned the veracity of the 2020 presidential election.
If successful, she will lead an administration responsible for overseeing the 2024 contest in a state which could swing the result.
Ronald Reagan may have been Candidate Lake’s hero and the reason she cites for registering as a Republican on the day she turned 18, but since then she has also been a registered Independent think as a Democrat and a donor to two Democratic candidates for the United States President. Lake supports the people and not specifically the political party platforms.
While President Biden has not visited Arizona during this race, former President Barack Obama has, telling supporters: “This isn’t a reality show. If Kari Lake is your governor, we know what she’ll be focused on – because Donald Trump told us.” But, former President Obama is wrong, and Lake is campaigning on the opposite. She wants Arizona to elect her to fight against the Obama’s Democratic Party’s inflationary legislation and hardship that the Biden’s administration has imposed on the citizens in Arizona and America. Obama and Biden have failed to realize the suffering of the people, since both are rich and do not understand the “needs of the people.”
Arizona’s border with Mexico means immigration is a big election issue here. Six years ago, Ms Lake suggested providing amnesty for undocumented migrants, but now she says she will declare an “invasion” on the southern border.
Recent “opinion polls suggest Lake is just ahead of her Democrat opponent – the quieter, slightly awkward Katie Hobbs – although within the margin of error. Hobbs has faced controversies during the campaign regarding her not recusing from the November 8th election. Voters believe that Hobbs “may be feeding the potential for conflict by planning to oversee an election in which she’s a candidate.”
“I think it would be wise if the secretary of state seconded responsibility for ministerial oversight to either the attorney general or the Maricopa County recorder,” Richard Mahoney, the Democrat, tells TIME, referring to the elections administrator in Arizona’s largest county. “She should recuse herself from the official acts that she would normally perform as secretary and let a deputy secretary or somebody else take care of those,” adds Ken Bennett, the Republican.
Ms. Hobbs has attracted criticism for refusing to debate her Republican rival. She has framed the fight not about policy but democracy: “This race for governor is not about Democrats or Republicans”, she said. “It is a choice between sanity and chaos.”
Considering Ms Lake’s scepticism of recent elections, it is no surprise she refuses to commit to accepting any result.
She told Sky News she will accept the results of a “fair, honest and transparent” election.
Sky News wrote the original article.