Trump rally ups the stakes in proxy fight with Arizona governor



The contest to succeed the term-limited Ducey as governor has revolved around the 2020 campaign. Lake, a former local TV news anchor, has echoed Trump’s ongoing lie that the election was stolen and made it the centerpiece of her campaign. Robson, meanwhile, has not joined other Arizona Republicans in falsely saying Trump won the state.

During a recent debate, Lake challenged Robson and the other candidates to say the election was stolen. Robson refused to say so, instead remarking that she wouldn’t play into Lake’s “stunt.” Lake’s campaign later called Robson’s answer “sickening.”

Ducey on Monday morning held a conference call with donors in which he encouraged them to get behind Robson, a person familiar with the call confirmed. The call was first reported by the Washington Post.

While Trump has largely proven successful in endorsing winning House and Senate candidates in the midterms, he has had much more trouble bending gubernatorial primaries to his will. In Georgia, the Trump-endorsed David Perdue suffered a lopsided defeat to Gov. Brian Kemp, who, like Ducey, has been attacked by Trump for refusing to intervene in the 2020 vote count.

In Idaho, Trump-backed Janice McGeachin lost the primary to the incumbent governor, Brad Little.

And Trump’s endorsed candidate in Nebraska, wealthy agricultural executive Charles Herbster, fell short to a candidate backed by the incumbent Republican governor, Pete Ricketts.

Like Ducey, Ricketts is a co-chair of the Republican Governors Association, which lent its support to Kemp in the Georgia primary.

Trump and another sitting governor are embroiled in a different primary proxy war to be settled later this month. In Maryland, the former president has backed state legislator Dan Cox, while Gov. Larry Hogan has lined up with Kelly Schulz, a former official in his cabinet.

Trump’s Arizona rally is also expected to bolster his endorsed Senate candidate, Blake Masters. Masters, who was once the de facto chief of staff to tech billionaire Peter Thiel, is running in a competitive primary that also features state Attorney General Mark Brnovich and wealthy solar company executive Jim Lamon. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in November.


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