Kari Lake-vs.-Karrin Taylor Robson Arizona GOP primary too close to call

Kari Lake-vs.-Karrin Taylor Robson Arizona GOP primary too close to call

Published August 3, 2022
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​T​he Republican gubernatorial primary in Arizona was too close to call Wednesday as candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence held the top two spots.

Kari Lake, a former television anchor backed by Trump, held a lead of less than 12,000 votes over Karrin Taylor Robson, a member of the state Board of Regents, with about 81% of the expected vote counted. 

Pence, who could wage a potential primary challenge to Trump in the 2024 election, ​bucked his former boss and endorsed Robson last month, sparking a proxy election war between the two former running mates in the Grand Canyon State. 

“As Arizona Democrats pursue the reckless Biden-Harris agenda, Karrin Taylor Robson is the only candidate for Governor that will keep Arizona’s border secure and streets safe, empower parents and create great schools, and promote conservative values​,” Pence said.