Kari Lake does Trump higher than Trump.
That was a sentiment heading into the midterm elections. Popping out of it, Ms. Lake is once more sounding extra like former President Donald Trump than some other shedding candidate he endorsed this 12 months.
Democrat Katie Hobbs is projected because the Arizona gubernatorial race winner, however Ms. Lake refuses to concede, pins her hopes on a recount and has declared that she’s “nonetheless within the combat.”
The response separates her from the overwhelming majority of her fellow Republicans that questioned or outright rejected President Biden’s victory in 2020 however accepted their losses within the 2022 midterm elections.
That group of white flag waivers included Trump-backed Senate candidates Blake Masters in Arizona, Adam Laxalt in Nevada, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Don Bolduc in New Hampshire.
Ms. Lake has sprinted in the other way since Ms. Hobbs was declared the winner, claiming a vote tabulation glitch on Election Day messed with the ultimate tally and chastising election officers.
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“They needed to do the whole lot they may to cease us,” Ms. Lake mentioned throughout a post-election, headline-grabbing go to to Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida, the place she vowed to maintain combating. “You can’t cease the founding fathers and the blood we’ve got within us.”
“It’s a joke, our elections are a circus run by clowns,” she mentioned.
The feedback got here days after Ms. Lake mentioned she has been “gathering proof and information” of election wrongdoing, and assembled “the most effective and brightest authorized workforce” to discover “each avenue to appropriate the various wrongs which were accomplished.”
The Lake loss is maybe the most effective instance of how the midterms proved to be a bruising election for Republican newcomers working in swing states and toss-up congressional districts that embraced former President Donald Trump’s stolen election claims.
An evaluation from The New York Occasions discovered a majority of the political newcomers who went all in on the rigged election claims misplaced on Nov. 8.
Nonetheless, over 220 Republicans that solid doubt on the elections gained reelection, lots of them incumbents working in GOP strongholds.
The disappointing election outcomes for the GOP — retaking the Home with a slim majority however failing to provide the anticipated pink wave — has spawned a contemporary spherical of questions for Republicans about transferring away from Mr. Trump and his stolen election claims.
For his half, Mr. Trump, per week after the midterms, stored his stolen election speak in verify on Tuesday when he introduced his 2024 White Home run.
“It’s the day-to-day high quality of life points that appeared to seize voters’ consideration over the denialism argument that they’ve heard fairly a bit about, however are prepared to maneuver previous,” mentioned David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State College. “That works for Trump’s base, which supplies him a possible plurality right this moment in a Republican major, however that will not be the case in a 12 months.”
Mr. Trump is about to check that principle after launching his third bid for The White Home, and Ms. Lake’s go to to Mar-a-Lago added to the hypothesis that she may very well be tapped as his working mate, maybe earlier than the top of the 12 months.
“She gives a possibility for him to inject headlines that he doesn’t get,” Mr. McCuan mentioned. “So quite than being buried within the New York Submit, he will get moved proper again into the entrance web page headlines.”
It additionally offers Ms. Lake a political path ahead.
“Each of them win by shedding, which is a part of the Trump MO,” he mentioned. “That’s a part of his political artwork — even a loss is a win.”