“MAGA Death Match”GOP Gubernatorial Primary Increasingly Hostile As Election Day Nears

July 18th, 2022
Contact: JBerry@AZDem.org


“MAGA Death Match”
GOP Gubernatorial Primary Increasingly Hostile As Election Day Nears


PHOENIXThe GOP primary race for Governor turned into a “MAGA death match” over the weekend with former vice president Mike Pence endorsing Karrin Taylor Robson and announcing he’ll be in Arizona on Friday to campaign for her–the same day his former running mate, Donald Trump will be rallying for Robson’s opponent, Kari Lake. 

To add insult to injury, Doug Ducey went on CNN over the weekend to bash Lake and refused to say if the RGA, which he co-chairs, would endorse Lake if she wins the primary.  As election day looms, this bitter primary race has completely fractured the Republican Party with opposing endorsements, name calling and once unified GOP power players now taking separate sides. 

With early ballots already on voters’ kitchen tables, Kari Lake and Karrin Taylor Robson have been battling it out to prove who’s the most far-right candidate. Last week, Karrin Taylor Robson went on Sunday Square Off and refused to commit to certifying the 2024 presidential election if elected governor, while Lake is aggressively touting her Trump endorsement and referring to Ducey and Pence as “RINOs.” 

A clear line in the sand has been drawn between the Trump MAGA faction and the Ducey-Pence world,” said Josselyn Berry, spokesperson for the Arizona Democratic Party. “Now Arizona Republican voters are left to choose between an avowed conspiracy theorist who says she might refuse to concede if she loses, and a wealthy lobbyist with a history of donating to Democrats when it benefits herself and her business. Once the dust settles on this hostile primary, it’ll be clear that neither Lake nor Taylor Robson can unify their own party, let alone Arizona. Both are clearly too dangerous, too out-of-touch and beyond unfit to be our next Governor.” 

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