Trump-Endorsed Lake and Masters Roll in Arizona Primary

President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidates have been doing well in primaries around the country in the runup to the critical midterm general elections in November. Arizona has been a focal point of media attention in recent months, and last Tuesday two Trump-endorsed candidates defeated establishment candidates. Kari Lake took the GOP nomination for governor and Blake Masters won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Lake won the gubernatorial primary with 47.7% of the vote, besting Karrin Taylor Robson who received 43.4%. The race was finally called Thursday evening after Maricopa County updated its count after a prolonged counting process.

Lake issued a statement after being declared the winner stating that her win “is more than an election.” She added that it is a “beautiful movement by so many people across our beautiful state to finally put Arizona First.”

Robson was endorsed in the contest by former Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

Lake declared victory Tuesday evening at her watch party in Scottsdale as votes slowly trickled in on election night. At one point she took the stage carrying a sledgehammer that she said was going to be used on electronic voting machines and her Democratic opponent in the general election in November.

Lake is now set to take on Democrat nominee Katie Hobbs for the governorship.

She offered her thanks to President Trump on Tuesday, declaring he was “the one that got this whole thing going.”

In the race for the Republican nomination to take on incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in November, Blake Masters won with 40.0% of the vote, beating Jim Lamon who got 28.2% and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich who took 17.8%.

Masters is a former venture capitalist who is supported by his former boss, tech investing billionaire Peter Thiel as well as President Trump.

Early polling indicates that the general election contest between Masters and Kelly will be tight. Their race is critical in the fight for control of the Senate when Congress reconvenes in January after the midterms.

Trump endorsed Masters two months ago, citing the candidate’s strong stance on border security and applying immigration law faithfully. Masters has also been strongly supported by a super PAC largely funded by Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal who has a reported net worth of $5 billion.

Masters proudly describes himself as an American nationalist and has maintained his claim that President Trump actually won the 2020 election. He has also questioned the involvement of the FBI in the planning and execution of the January 6 riots.