Kari Lake declares victory in Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary

On Wednesday afternoon, Kari Lake declared victory and said her lead in the GOP gubernatorial primary race will hold up.

According to the AZ Mirror, Lake claimed that she overcame a 41,000-vote deficit when preliminary election results were announced Tuesday night. As of Wednesday evening, Lake leads rich developer Karrin Taylor Robson by around 12,000 votes.

“We out-voted the fraud, we didn’t listen to what the fake news had to say,” Lake told reporters outside her campaign headquarters Wednesday afternoon. “The MAGA movement rose up and voted like their lives depended on it.”

Election Day problems in Pinal County, when polling places ran out of ballots, were also cited by Lake and her attorney, Tim La Sota, as proof of “fraud.”

“I don’t expect to turn you guys around,” Lake responded when asked what evidence of election fraud her campaign had allegedly seen. “You’re a lost cause.”

Due to the increase in votes cast on Tuesday, Lake is sure to keep extending her advantage.

“We know what the outcome is,” Lake said confidently when asked how she could declare victory without an official declaration. The Associated Press has yet to call the race in her favor.

In her opening remarks at her press conference on Wednesday, Lake struck a conciliatory tone, expressing her desire to cooperate with her former rivals Robson and Matt Salmon, who supported Robson after Robson withdrew from the race in June, if she were to win. She also stated her intention to enlist Independents and Democrats, stating that Arizonans must band together.

However, any speculation that she would abandon the hard-right ideology she adopted in the primary election in order to achieve that was dispelled. She continued to support prior statements that her Democratic rival, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of Arizona, should be jailed for an unnamed offense, making the incorrect claim that Democrats “never go to prison.”

“I’m not going to change who I am,” Lake said. “Just because I won doesn’t mean I’m going to pivot and turn into a Democrat.”