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Kari Lake Responds to CNN Rumor That She May Run for US Senate: 'Hyper-Focused'

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Speculation is already growing that recently minted Republican star Kari Lake may throw her hat in the ring and run for U.S. Senate in 2024, if her election challenge of the Arizona’s governor’s race does not go her way.

Lake, in her first run for political office, lost to now-Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs by 0.07 percent of the vote. Hobbs was serving as Arizona’s secretary of state at the time, and prior to that was the minority leader in the Arizona senate.

CNN’s Kate Sullivan stirred the waters Monday when she tweeted, “I’m told Kari Lake is considering running for the US Senate seat held by Kyrsten Sinema in 2024.”

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The Lake campaign responded with a Tuesday statement on Twitter writing, “Kari is hyper-focused on winning her court case as she is the duly-elected Governor & her Election Case proves that.”

“Hundreds of thousands of invalid ballots were counted in Maricopa County alone, more than 60% of Election Day voting centers were sabotaged, causing lines of 4 hours or more at some locations, the wrong ballot image was printed on Election Day ballots causing tabulators to jam & spit out ballots,” the campaign said.

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The statement continued, “25K ballots were mysteriously added to the official vote count two days after the elections and more than 100K ballots with rejected signatures were counted anyway. That is just a BIT of what went wrong in Arizona.”

The campaign concluded by acknowledging recent polling suggests she could win the U.S. Senate race, but for now, “Kari Lake is fighting to protect the sacred vote of the People of Arizona.”

A survey conducted by Blueprint Polling earlier this month shows Lake is leading by 4 points over Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego and by 22 points over incumbent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who switched from Democrat to independent last month.

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“Kari Lake polls at 36 percent in a three-way Senate race with Gallego and Sinema. The congressman follows closely at 32 percent while the incumbent polls less than 14 percent. One in six voters are undecided,” a Blueprint Polling news release stated.

In other words, Lake could be the beneficiary of the Democrats duking it out for the left, center-left vote in Arizona, giving the Republican a pathway right into the U.S. Senate.

Of course, polling is not always predictive as Lake and her supporters learned in November when nearly every poll showed her rather handily defeating Hobbs.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls had Lake with a 3.5 percent advantage over her Democrat opponent.

What the polls could not have taken into account was the Election Day chaos that happened in Maricopa County — the Phoenix metro area and home to 60 percent of Arizona’s registered voters.

In the August primary, Lake’s supporters showed up strongly for her on Election Day, fueling her come-from-behind win over the GOP establishment pick Karin Taylor Robson.

They did the same in November allowing Lake to close Hobbs’ roughly 183,000 election night lead (based mostly on early voting ballots) to approximately 12,000 votes by the day after the election.

However, when all the mail-in ballots that were dropped off on Election Day at polling stations were counted, Hobbs won the race by just over 17,000 votes.

So Lake’s Election Day juggernaut was blunted enough for Hobbs to pull out the win.

Lake’s lawsuit points to the ballot printer and resulting tabulator issues in Maricopa County impacting 132 polling locations (59 percent of the total) as part of the problem.

The misprinted ballots contributed to hours-long lines forming in many polling locations.

Lake argued that since Republicans voted 3-to-1 over Democrats on Election Day, what happened was large-scale vote suppression of her supporters.

Lake’s legal team also said the total number of ballots the county reported in the election increased by nearly 25,000 from Nov. 9, the day after the contest, to Nov. 11.

That number is significant because it exceeds Hobbs’ 17,000-vote margin of victory over Lake.

Former Arizona Sec. of State Ken Bennett told The Western Journal that Maricopa County should have known the total number of ballots on Election Day or certainly by the day after.

Each voting center, he explained, should have reported the exact number of voters and the number of early ballots that were dropped off.

It would seem the ballot printer issues along with the total universe of ballots mysteriously growing after Election Day would be enough to call into question the fairness and integrity of the election, meaning another should be conducted.

However, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson didn’t see it that way and ruled in favor of Hobbs’ win late last month.

Thompson held that Lake’s lawyers did not prove with “clear and convincing evidence” that intentional misconduct occurred, nor that any misconduct and or problems that did occur impacted the overall result in the race.

Lake has appealed the ruling and her case will be heard by the Arizona Court of Appeals on Feb. 1.

The Republican has pledged to take her fight to the state Supreme Court, if she loses at the appeals level.

Regardless, that’s where the case appears destined to go, because either party on the losing side will surely appeal.

Senator Lake? Governor Lake? Something else altogether? Time will tell.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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