Kari Lake says she'll win 2024 Arizona GOP Senate nomination if she runs: 'No one can beat me'
Lake, who lost to current Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs in 2022 by less than 1%, is challenging the election in state court, alleging widespread disenfranchisement of Election Day voters and improper signature verification practices in Maricopa County.
Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate and election integrity activist Kari Lake told Just The News she is thinking of running for the Senate in 2024 — and likes her odds if she does.
The former news anchor, who has also been floated as a potential vice-presidential candidate, said if her current legal challenge alleging voter fraud in the 2022 governor's race doesn't pan out, she has her eyes set on Congress.
"If for some reason we don't have the [court] ruling the people deserve, I'm truly considering a run for U.S. Senate," she said in an interview Friday on the Brace 4 Impact podcast. "There's a three-way race, and I just saw some polling ... that shows that no one can beat me in the Republican primary."
Lake, who lost to current Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs in 2022 by less than 1%, is challenging the election in state court alleging improper signature verification practices and widespread disenfranchisement of disproportionately Republican Election Day voters, due to faulty ballot printers in Maricopa County.
She urged the Republican Party to throw its full support behind her if she decides to run.
"I think that the establishment should get behind me and we should just go barreling through, if that is the case, and win and take back a Senate seat," she said.
If Lake enters the race, she'd likely face incumbent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who was elected as a Democrat but left the party to become an Independent in 2022. Sinema has yet to announce if she will seek reelection.
Lake has also been speaking to GOP audiences around the country pending resolution of her election challenge.
"I'm the duly elected governor of Arizona," she said. "And I want to get in that governor's office and turn this Titanic around that we have right now, thanks to terrible leadership and just terrible corrupt elections — leaving us with someone like Joe Biden."
Lake, who said she has finished a new book that is due out in the coming months, had some choice words for certain Republicans who she accused of abandoning their principles by taking election integrity matters off the table for public discussion.
"I'm very disappointed in some of the folks in the Republican Party — and I call [them] the Uniparty Republicans — who don't want to talk about the elections," she said. "They say it's 'looking backward.' It's not looking backward, it's actually looking forward. I want to make sure going forward our elections are fair. And the way to determine that is to fix what we didn't get right in the past.
"Any Republican who is saying 'We can't keep talking about the past,' they are liars, and they're wrong. And it shows me they really, truly don't care about the will of the people. They care about the will of the Uniparty. I'm for the will of the people, and the only way we're going to get the will of the people is to reform our elections so that we the people truly do have a sacred vote."
The Republican National Committee and the Arizona GOP did not respond to requests for comment.
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