One of the fiercest allies to former President Donald Trump will be elevating her profile even higher next year as she faces the formidable task of working her way into Washington, D.C. circles after years of hammering them from the outside.
Kari Lake, the former candidate for governor of Arizona who claims to have unfairly lost her election and filed multiple lawsuits following the outcome, has revealed to advisors that she plans to launch a run for U.S. Senate next month, according to POLITICO. Lake will build on her brand of brash conservatism by taking on Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) who left the Democratic Party earlier this year.
Allies say no firm launch date has been set but the announcement will almost certainly come in October.
For the past several election cycles, Arizona has consistently been a swing state at the presidential level. By throwing her hat in the ring once more, Lake will undoubtedly motivate conservatives and Republicans to turn out in force next year, a move that could benefit President Trump as well. The GOP leader narrowly lost the state to President Joe Biden and went on to file multiple lawsuits through his attorneys contending that election officials erred in determining the outcome.
Lake, who recently lost her last legal appeal related to her past election, has buttressed her image by traveling to states like Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio, and endorsing conservative candidates in contested primaries. Her activism has fueled speculation that she could be selected to join President Trump’s ticket next year, though the latest move indicates she may be more interested in staking out on her own.
The GOP field for the U.S. Senate in Arizona has essentially been frozen for months while party leaders waited for any sign that Lake was close to making a decision. Mark Lamb, the Pinal County Sheriff floated as an alternative, recently announced he is not running while Blake Masters, the failed Arizona Senate candidate who ran alongside Lake in 2022, continues to weigh another run for the office.
President Trump has made his preference clear in the race, expressing skepticism about Masters during a recent phone call while declining so far to weigh in on the race. Masters parlayed his original endorsement from Trump into millions of dollars in fundraising, though local GOP leaders claimed the former president was propping up a weak candidate. A protracted primary fight between Lake and Masters would almost certainly bloody the winner for a general election fight.