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Kari Lake’s campaign says it’s a new day in Arizona politics after the candidate was declared the victor in her primary race for the governor’s office.

“It’s morning again in Arizona,” Lake Chief Strategist Billy Grant told The Arizona Sun Times Thursday. “Kari is totally focused on uniting this party and defeating Katie Hobbs.

After an arduous two days of vote counting, Lake was declared the winner by a margin of 46.8 percent to opponent Karrin Taylor Robson’s 44 percent.

“Though the results took longer than they should have, Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake,” Lake said in statement after officially being declared the winner. “My opponent Katie Hobbs had one job in government, and that was to ensure an efficiently-processed election. She failed spectacularly, and yet just like every other failed establishment politician, she now wants a promotion. Arizona just sent a clear message: our state is done with failed politicians like Katie Hobbs.”

“This is more than an election – it is a beautiful movement by so many people across our beautiful state to finally put America First,” Lake said. “Our renewed Republican Party is now coming together to fight for a brighter and more prosperous future for every Arizonan.”

In a statement of her own, Robson conceded the race.

“The voters of Arizona have spoken, I accept the process, I trust the people who administer it,” she said.

Robson did not specifically offer an endorsement to Lake.

The Lake campaign was confident all week that it would secure the primary victory.

Her campaign declared victory Wednesday and Thursday before the race results were officially announced.

“We knew early in the night, despite a 9.8% deficit, that Kari Lake would be the Republican nominee,” Grant told The Sun Times Wednesday. “It’s time to unite Arizona and bring the Republican Party together to defeat Katie Hobbs in November.”

Thursday, Lake’s campaign said it knew she would win the race.

“We are confident that the outstanding votes left to be counted will favor [Lake]. We know what the outcome is,” the Kari Lake War Room said.

We are confident that the outstanding votes left to be counted will favor @KariLake

We know what the outcome [email protected] is the @AZGOP nominee for Governor.

Why is the #FakeNews media afraid to call the race?

Some of them seemed very eager to call Arizona back in 2020.

— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) August 3, 2022

Lake will now battle Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in the general election.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Arizona Republican Candidates” by Kari Lake. 




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Former Nick star Josh Peck calls sobriety the bedrock of his life

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Josh Peck says sobriety has been “wonderful” and a “foundation that has kept me really anchored.”

The “Drake & Josh” star, 35, developed a drug and alcohol problem after dropping 127 pounds and entered rehab in 2008.

“I’m lucky to have found recovery through a 12 steps program almost 14 years ago and it’s something that I still do regularly to this day,” he told Page Six in a recent interview. “It gives me a lot of structure in my life. It’s really the bedrock of my life and from it, all these wonderful things have been built.”

The Manhattan-born actor who wrote about his battle with drugs and alcohol in the memoir, “Happy People Are Annoying,” explained that sobriety has also “introduced me to a level of spirituality and how to embrace stoicism and ancient truths. It’s given me a foundation that has kept me really anchored.”

Peck starred in the Nick show “Drake & Josh.”©Nickelodeon Network/Courtesy E

Peck jokingly added that his mother — who raised him by herself — and his wife Paige O’Brien “make sure I don’t get out of line.”

The Nickelodeon alum can currently be seen as a Rabbi helping a congregant prepare for his bar-mitzvah in the Netflix movie, “13: The Musical” and says that he is “incredibly proud to be Jewish. I think it’s something that as I get older has become more important to me.”

Peck plays a rabbi in “13: The Musical.”Netflix

One reason Peck was eager to take a role in the movie was to work with director Tamra Davis, who directed the documentary, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” about the artist who died of a heroin overdose in 1988.

“Jean-Michel Basquait is a personal hero of mine,” he explained, “so selfishly I just knew I would be nagging her on set asking her for Basquait stories.”

It’s also a busy time in Peck’s personal life.

Peck and wife Paige O’Brien are expecting another child together.Angela Weiss

He and O’Brien are expecting their second child together and are already parents to a 3-year-old son, Max. Peck confesses that before Max’s birth he was terrified to become a father, having never met his own.

“Having a father in so many ways would have hopefully given me structure or a manual on being a dad,” he shared, “but thankfully, I had enough apostles in my life, my father-in-law, who I really look up to, and my brother from the Big Brother Jewish Foundation, Dan, who has been in my life since I was 8. I’m so lucky to have great men in my life that I could go to for counsel and advice and mirror the things they did so well with their kids.”

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