The Associated Press called Kari Lake the winner in the Arizona GOP governor primary on Thursday evening with over 88% of the ballots counted. Lake led with 46.8% of the vote. Lawyer Karrin Taylor Robson came in second with 44.0%.
Lake’s victory was a showdown between former President Trump and former Vice President Pence, the latter of whom endorsed Taylor Robson.
Lake, a former television news journalist, is known for her tough stance on the southern border.
“Kari will make her wonderful family, and the MAGA movement, very proud,” Trump said when he endorsed her.
Lake’s victory marked a perfect record for Trump-endorsed Republicans in the state’s major primary races.
Venture capitalist Blake Masters claimed the party’s senate nomination. Mark Finchem won the secretary of state primary and Abe Hamadeh won the attorney general primary contest. All endorsed by former President Donald Trump along with Lake giving him a clean sweep in Arizona.
Lake is expected to compete against Katie Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s Secretary of State.
Current Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was precluded to run again due to term limits.
Although Arizona’s primary was held on Tuesday, not all ballots were counted until after Tuesday.