One Month Later: Kari Lake’s Senate Campaign is Still GOP’s Worst Nightmare

For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 9th, 2023
Contact: Olivia Taylor-Puckett,
One Month Later: Kari Lake’s Senate Campaign is Still GOP’s Worst Nightmare

ARIZONA -– Tomorrow marks one month since Kari Lake launched her campaign for U.S. Senate that has had Washington Republicans “freaking out,” Arizona Republicans saying Lake “can’t just snap [her] fingers and disappear” her dangerous, unpopular record on abortion and election conspiracy theories, and a month in which Kari “Arizona First” Lake scheduled more events out of state (5) than in Arizona (2).

Kari launched her campaign at the headquarters of Jetset Magazine, an “ultra-wealthy lifestyle publication” which describes its’ audience as “the wealthiest demographic in the world,” targeting “only the one percent of the world’s population who control more than fifty percent of the world’s wealth.” Lake was introduced by fellow failed 2022 candidate and election conspiracy theorist Abe Hamadeh, who continues to employ the same losing legal strategies to overturn his loss as Lake.

In the week after Lake’s launch, Republicans and conservatives went on the record to make clear Kari Lake “can’t win a general election” thanks to her obsession with election denialism and dangerous abortion stances. Here are a few quotes:

  • Politics Unplugged: Barrett Marson, Republican: “Kari Lake’s popularity has decreased since 2022. To which I always say it’s probably because she spends more time at Mar-a-Largo and Bedminster than Arizona.”
  • The Gaydos and Chad Show’s Larry Gaydos: “No one is better than Kari Lake at alienating Republicans. No one is better than Kari Lake at alienating a large number of independent voters […] Kari Lake can’t win a general election. She’s kryptonite to general elections. She’s a joke. So, I mean, guess if you want to vote for her. Go ahead. I just thought Republicans wanted to win this time around.”
  • ABC 15 Arizona Family: “‘She has an even bigger job to just tell everyone who she can be. We already know who she is, and the voters rejected her once,’ said Republican political consultant Barrett Marson.”

Here’s what Lake has been up to her first month on the campaign trail:

  • Appearing at CPAC’s Save America Dinner alongside noted conspiracy theorists Ken Paxton, Steve Bannon, Robert Malone, and Kash Patel, showing she still holds the same fringe conspiracy theories and dangerous ideas that led to Republicans ‘freaking out’ about her ‘nightmare’ Senate candidacy.

Lake has also racked up endorsements from notable extremists, conspiracy theorists, and far-right members of Congress:

  • Chad Prather, who primaried Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Congressman Ronny Jackson, who introduced legislation preventing service members who have to travel to receive abortion care from being reimbursed.

Kari’s first month of campaigning to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate was marked by her spending more time out of Arizona than in; supporting the same dangerous abortion bans without exceptions for rape or incest as she did in ‘22; pushing the same election conspiracy theories; and associating with the same right wing extremists.


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