Kari Lake Formally Announces Bid For US Senate

Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake recently announced her bid for the Grand Canyon state’s Senate seat to oust Sen. Krysten Sinema (I-AZ), Breitbart News reported.

“I am not going to retreat. I’m going to stand on top of this hill with every single one of you. And I know you’re on my side as I formally announce my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Lake told a crowd in Scottsdale, Arizona, as reported by Fox News.

Lake’s announcement comes a week after she filed the paperwork to run for the Senate. The conservative firebrand will likely face off against Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb for the GOP nomination and, if she makes it to the general election, Lake will likely face Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who Is widely seen as being the leading Democrat to run for the U.S. Senate in Arizona.

Moments after Lake announced her bid for the U.S. Senate, Lamb released a statement subtly accusing the former gubernatorial candidate. The sheriff took a shot at Lake, who lost her gubernatorial race to then-Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

“I am a lifelong conservative who has dedicated my life to protecting Arizonans and keeping them safe when Democrat policies make that job almost impossible. I have been in Arizona fighting for the people that call this great state home. I’m not a talker, I’m a doer, and I win elections. That is what separates me from my opponents,” he said.

Gallego’s campaign also argued that Arizona voters would “reject” Lake, referencing her loss to Hobbs in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

“Arizonans — including a significant chunk of Republicans — already rejected Kari Lake once because of her dangerous plans to ban abortion and undermine our democracy. Her extremism should disqualify her from public office — and it will. Again,” Gallego campaign spokesperson Hanna Goss told Fox News.

Gallego is seen as the top Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, given that Sinema, who used to be a Democrat, has not announced whether she will seek reelection.

Lake currently leads Gallego and Sinema in a hypothetical three-way matchup that could determine the balance of the U.S. Senate in 2024. A National Research poll shows Lake garnering 37% support from Arizonans, while Gallego receives 33% support and Sinema holds just 19%.