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    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is hitting the campaign trail for several GOP candidates across the country who won their primary elections after being endorsed by Donald Trump. The popular Republican official made a name for himself among conservatives for his opposition to the Biden administration on COVID-19 mandates and legislation that Democrats have described as anti-LGBTQ. Now, he's testing that influence in the key battleground states of Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico and Pennsylvania in a series of rallies held by Turning Point Action titled 'Unite and Win.'  DailyMail.com obtained a copy of Turning Point Action's press release confirming the events. DeSantis' participation was first revealed by Fox. It adds to speculation that DeSantis could be eyeing a future White House bid - as multiple early GOP voter polls show him close to and even surpassing the former president as the preferred 2024 candidate. And in all but one of the states scheduled, DeSantis will be campaigning alongside Republicans who won tough primaries thanks, in part, to Trump's support. In Arizona, DeSantis will appear on August 14 with GOP Senate candidate Blake...
    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...
    Former FOX 10 Phoenix anchor Kari Lake.Mother Jones illustration; Christopher Brown/ZUMA Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.After spreading baseless claims of election fraud in the Arizona gubernatorial primary, Republican Kari Lake has won her party’s nomination. The Donald Trump-backed candidate and former FOX 10 Phoenix anchor defeated real estate developer Karrin Taylor Robson, who received endorsements from former Vice President Mike Pence and current Gov. Doug Ducey and invested $15 million of her own money in the campaign. Lake, a steadfast proponent of the Big Lie, had been the frontrunner, building her campaign around Trump’s stamp of approval—and the support of election deniers like Rep. Paul Gosar, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and My Pillow’s Mike Lindell. Lake campaigned on election conspiracy theories, anti-immigrant and pro-border enforcement rhetoric, and her repudiation of the very media that gave her a platform.  Lake announced she was running for governor three months after ending her 22-year career with the Fox affiliate. In a video making her resignation public, Lake said she no longer...
    I hope the Democrats are happy. They financially aided and abetted the victory of a full-blown election denier in Michigan. His name is John Gibbs and he defeated Republican Congressman Peter Meijer on Tuesday by riding on a wave of economic support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Why in the world would Democrats back a candidate in a Republican primary? Well, because Congressman Meijer was just one of ten House Republicans, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and Democrats saw that as a vulnerability that could be exploited. So, the DCCC shadow endorsed his far-right primary opponent, in the hopes that Meijer would lose. They ran a $425,000 ad campaign that disingenuously attacked Gibbs as ‘too conservative’ and ‘endorsed by Donald Trump.’ It quoted Gibbs calling Trump ‘the greatest president’ and pointed out that he worked for the Trump White House. It was pretty much the exact campaign commercial that Gibbs himself would produce if he had the money to do it. But he didn’t. So, the DCCC did it for him. Democrats clearly believe that...
    On primary election day in Arizona, gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s campaign is disputing a recent Emerson poll that shows her in a statistical tie with her main opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson. The poll, which was conducted between July 28 and July 30 among 600 “very likely Republican primary voters and individuals who already voted,” shows Robson with a slight 47 percent to 46 percent edge over Lake. But Lake’s campaign contends that there are issues with the poll, namely that third-place contender Matt Salmon, who is polling in the single digits in several other polls, does not appear to be included in Emerson’s poll. Emerson College Polling Executive Director Spencer Kimball notes in his analysis of the poll that younger voters tend to prefer Lake. “A stark age divide exists within the Republican gubernatorial primary,” he said. “Voters under 50 break for Lake by 20 points, voters between 50 and 64 are split: 46% support Lake and 45% Taylor Robson, and voters over 65 break for Taylor Robson by a 19-point margin.” Lake’s campaign told The Arizona Sun Times that this shows...
    Kari Lake’s campaign for governor of Arizona says it is “highly confident” as it hurdles towards Tuesday’s primary election. “We feel highly confident. Kari is working hard traveling to all corners of the state. We had a huge rally with over 1,000 people in Tucson last night. And last week five polls came out with Kari leading by double digits,” said Lake’s chief strategist, Billy Grant. “Combined with Robson‘s private jet and state plane scandal, we couldn’t ask for a better last week of the campaign.” Grant referred to Robson’s recent campaign appearance with Gov. Doug Ducey (R), who allegedly used a state airplane to fly Robson back from the event. The Lake campaign and its attorney filed a complaint with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) over the incident. “The state airplane is not a shuttle service that can be rented out by wealthy politicians when the private jet they normally use is unavailable,” said Lake’s attorney Tim La Sota. “And the governor has no power under the law to permit such effective rental agreements to those he favors...
    Trump-endorsed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a complaint this week with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich against Gov. Doug Ducey for using a state government helicopter to fly her opponent Karrin Taylor Robson back from a campaign event he hosted with Robson. The complaint letter from Lake’s attorney Tim La Sota stated, “The state airplane is not a shuttle service that can be rented out by wealthy politicians when the private jet they normally use is unavailable. And the Governor has no power under the law to permit such effective rental agreements to those he favors politically. Surely after over a decade in public office he must know this.” La Sota cited A.R.S. 16-192, which states that public resources may not be used “to influence an election,” and specifically lists “vehicles.” He referenced a video from July 22 showing Ducey inviting Robson after a campaign event in Marana with former Vice President Mike Pence to board the plane to fly back to Phoenix with him. La Sota stated that apparently Robson used the state plane because her own plane...
    Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who is leading the GOP primary race, accused opponent Karrin Taylor Robson of tricking elderly Arizonans into donating to her campaign by pretending the money would go for “Trump, Truth Social & the Wall.” She also accused the mostly self-funded candidate, who is the other main contestant left in the primary, of fooling donors into committing to automatically renewing their donations each month. In a video, Lake holds up over 1,000 pages she says represents “potential victims.” She said she is warning retirees or those married to a retiree about “a fundraising ploy that they could have very likely gotten caught up in, especially if they are patriotic and worried about the direction this country is going.” She added, “Thousands and thousands of Americans, most of them retirees, most of them living on Social Security, got tricked into donating to my opponent in one of those recurring donation schemes.” IMAGINE THIS: Your husband gives you $20 MILLION to try and buy the Governors seat… and you STILL decide to prey on Senior Citizens and...
    QUEEN CREEK, Arizona—When it came time for Karrin Taylor Robson to take questions at a campaign stop last Thursday, the crowd didn’t waste a moment to confront her with the most uncomfortable issue in her bid to be Arizona’s next governor. “What will you do,” asked one woman in the front row, “to secure our elections?” Nods and affirming noises rippled through the crowd of roughly 150 people, who had come to see Robson speak in this far-flung suburb about 40 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. “So the one thing I think we can all agree on is, the wrong guy is in the White House. Do we all agree?” Robson asked. After the predictable response from this audience of Republican loyalists, Robson put forward a conspiratorial explanation of why the 2020 election was stacked against Donald Trump—the media, big tech, COVID, the Democrats—and explained what changes to election rules she’d make if elected. But what Robson omitted entirely in her 2020 postmortem were the most outlandish theories and falsehoods about the election—the ideas that now dominate that grassroots...
    Beating back Donald Trump and beating back Trumpism are both vital, if different, goals. Although there are signs his hold is weakening, Trump, the man, still holds plenty of sway in the Republican Party. But his ability to spread Trumpism, by virtue of his endorsed acolytes, is not nearly as impressive. Arizona’s primary voters have another chance to stop Trumpism in its tracks on Aug. 2. It’s two weeks to slow the spread. I’m talking, of course, about the upcoming Arizona governor’s race, pitting Kari Lake, a former local TV news anchor endorsed by Trump, against Karrin Taylor Robson, a developer and Republican Party stalwart endorsed by Mike Pence. While Pence’s endorsement sets up a “surrogate war” narrative against his former boss, it was the state’s governor, Doug Ducey, who really went to war with Trump’s endorsed candidate this weekend. “Kari Lake is misleading voters,” Arizona Gov. Ducey (who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election) told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday’s State of the Union. “She’s been tagged by her opponent, ‘Fake Lake,’ which is sticking and doing some...
    Mike Pence is drawing yet another battle line against Donald Trump on Monday by endorsing the opponent of Kari Lake, who is favored by the ex-president, in the Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary.  Pence's endorsement was announced Monday morning by former Arizona Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson's campaign Twitter account.  It comes as rumors swirl over the former GOP presidential ticket splitting into a heated Republican primary race in 2024 - though neither Pence nor Trump have confirmed they're running. Robson has gained ground in the polls in recent months, with recent surveys showing her trailing Lake by just five points. Lake is a former local news anchor who has helped Trump promote his claims that the 2020 election was rigged in her state - which was narrowly won by Joe Biden. 'As Arizona Democrats pursue the reckless Biden-Harris agenda, Karrin Taylor Robson is the only candidate for Governor that will keep Arizona’s border secure and streets safe, empower parents and create great schools, and promote conservative values, Pence said in the statement shared by Robson's campaign. 'Karrin is...
    Meghan McCain’s online battle with GOP candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, continued to escalate on Friday as two exchanged barbs. Lake went on the far-right One America News Network on Thursday and hammered McCain, saying: Bottom line is Meghan McCain, you know, she couldn’t even sell 300 copies of her book. Nobody’s interested. She’s irrelevant. And she’s part of that establishment swamp section of the Republican Party. And they know their days are numbered. They know it’s over. And like a rabid dog who’s been cornered, she’s thrashing around and trying to throw a fit. Lake, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is leading in her GOP primarmy, has targeted the legacy of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in her hard-right primary campaign. McCain hit back, retweeting the clip and saying, “This is psycho, unhealthy and unhinged. If I ever go missing, please check this woman’s basement first please.” This is psycho, unhealthy and unhinged. If I ever go missing, please check this woman’s basement first please. https://t.co/M9fwCsP1Zs — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 15, 2022...
    (CNN)Despite running as a staunchly anti-transgender and anti-abortion candidate, far-right Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake once posted in support of transgender youth and asked her followers about aborting fetuses who would be born with disabilities in social media posts from 2015 and 2016 reviewed by CNN's KFile.Lake, a former local news anchor running for Arizona governor who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has strongly campaigned against abortion and transgender issues. She has attacked repeatedly "the transgender movement" and "woke gender activists." "A child's gender is determined by God at conception, NOT by some Woke Teacher in the 3rd grade,'' she wrote in one recent Twitter comment. "This insanity must end." She has also campaigned against abortion rights, saying, "I always have and always will fight for the unborn!" But in comments made on her Facebook page maintained as a news anchor in 2015, Lake offered a more supportive and sympathetic view of transgender people undergoing gender transition and praised a speech made by former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.In the same post, Lake defended Jenner in the comments when...
    Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake recently unveiled a new campaign ad showcasing her plans to combat the border crisis if elected. “My border policy is the most aggressive effective border policy this country has ever seen,” Lake told The Arizona Sun Times via text. “A couple of the sheriffs in Texas are finally understanding it and pushing the remedy that is right there in the Constitution. When the federal government fails us in their duty to protect us under Article 4, Section 4, we have the remedy in Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution to protect our own citizens and stop the invasion.” In her new ad, Lake said Arizona “is under attack.” To fight back, Lake said, as governor, she would make a declaration of invasion, finish the border wall, destroy the cartel’s drug tunnels and surveillance drones, and deploy the Arizona National Guard. “Arizona is our home. And I will do everything in my power to protect our families,” Lake said. Furthermore, Lake told The Sun Times that her Republican gubernatorial opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson,...
    Former Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) announced his exit from Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, roughly one week before early voting began. According to Salmon, his polling numbers made clear that his path towards a victory is “no longer a realistic possibility.” Salmon said in a statement: Unfortunately, numbers are numbers, and it has become clear to me that the path to a first-place victory is no longer a realistic possibility. Republican primary voters deserve more than having their votes split on August 2nd, and so I am leaving this race for the same reason that I entered it: Because it is what’s best for the people of Arizona. With 14.5 percent, Salmon was polling in third place behind Taylor Robson and front-runner Kari Lake, according to Real Clear Politics’ poll average. Salmon also thanked his campaign staff and volunteers for their “tireless work and heart-felt passion” throughout his year-long campaign. “I will announce next steps in the coming days, but, for now, I want to reiterate my eternal gratitude for all of the Arizonans who have supported me this year,” Salmon said....
    PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor Tuesday, a move that comes a week before early ballots are mailed out and leaves just two top contenders in the GOP contest. Salmon was widely seen as trailing former TV news anchor Kari Lake and developer Karrin Taylor Robson. Robson has been spending millions on her campaign in an effort to boost her political standing against Lake, a populist who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Salmon was increasingly seen as a spoiler who could split mainstream Republicans and pull votes from Robson. “Unfortunately, numbers are numbers, and it has become clear to me that the path to a first-place victory is no longer a realistic possibility,” Salmon said in a statement. “Republican primary voters deserve more than having their votes split on August 2nd, and so I am leaving this race for the same reason that I entered it: Because it is what’s best for the people of Arizona.” Primary ballots are mailed out next...
    In a detailed statement released Sunday, gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s campaign said the frontrunner is filing a defamation lawsuit against Rick Stevens, a former friend of Lake’s who is a professional drag queen in Arizona. Stevens – whose stage name is Barbara Seville – posted several messages on his social media channels criticizing Lake for her concerns about sexualized drag queen performances in front of children. The Arizona legislature is working on legislation to prohibit children under age 18 from attending drag shows, which Lake supports. Lake tweeted criticism of a video of a scantily dressed drag queen dancing provocatively for young children in Dallas, stating, “This is grooming. This is child abuse.” Lets make this abundantly clear. This is grooming. This is child abuse. Maybe thats acceptable in Dallas, Texas. But it will not be tolerated in a @KariLake-led Arizona. https://t.co/7ntgXzvy2p — Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) June 4, 2022 On June 17, Lake tweeted, “They kicked God out of schools and welcomed the Drag Queens. They took down our Flag and replaced it with a rainbow. They...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Kari Lake, the frontrunner in the Republican primary for Arizona governor, condemned the growing cultural clout of drag queens, jumping into the latest social grievance taking hold on the right. But her comments were quickly condemned over the weekend by one of the most popular drag performers in Phoenix, who says Lake is a hypocrite who frequented his performances. Richard Stevens, who performs as Barbra Seville, said Lake, a former television news anchor, regularly attended drag shows and even hired him to dress as Marilyn Monroe at a private party and brought her young daughter. He posted photos on his social media accounts of Lake posing with drag queens and screenshots of his conversations with her. The dispute between the gubernatorial frontrunner and the prominent drag queen drew national attention and put Lake on the defensive two weeks before early voting begins ahead of Arizona’s Aug. 2 primary. It also fuels a persistent criticism of Lake’s conversion from Barack Obama donor to Donald Trump conservative. “They kicked God out of schools and welcomed the...
    Trump-endorsed Kari Lake celebrated the one-year anniversary of launching her leading Arizona gubernatorial campaign Wednesday with a party. Still leading her Republican primary opponents by double digits, she told the crowd of her top supporters at the Pleasant Harbor Marina in Peoria, which she referred to as a “lakefront,” that the campaign has broken multiple records. Lake brought the crowd to laughter multiple times, especially when describing her opponents. She characterized one of the other Republican candidates, Karrin Taylor Robson, by imagining “if John McCain had a baby with Liz Cheney, who grew up to marry a 95-year-old billionaire.” Taylor Robson is, she said, “frail, nervous; a RINO who puts millions into deceptive ads, trying to buy the election.” Looking back at the campaign’s successes and records, Lake said it took her only three weeks to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot; volunteers were enthusiastic about working for the longtime Fox 10 news anchor. She told attendees that, in contrast, candidates often take nine months to collect enough signatures, using paid signature gatherers. Lake’s campaign has 4,000 volunteers,...
    It’s not something you see every day, at least not in liberal Ramsey County: a room packed with older white folks whipped into a frenzy in opposition to … better bus service.  That’s what happened about six months ago at an event in downtown White Bear Lake, a 25,000-person lakefront suburb with a historic downtown that nearly everyone describes as quaint. Over the past few months, a new group of local politicians has waged a campaign against a previously-innocuous transit investment. After the November election swept the anti-bus contingent into power, regional transit planners were forced to come up with a last-ditch compromise. The plans for the Purple Line The White Bear bus backlash stems from long-standing plans for transit running through Ramsey County, from downtown St. Paul and the East Side, up to Maplewood, Vadnais Heights and ending in White Bear Lake. Once dubbed the Rush Line (now the Metro Transit Purple Line), the project is in the process of getting federal transit funding. It would be one of two new east metro bus rapid transit (BRT) routes starting...
    Kari Lake continues to press the falsehood that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. Kari Lake, the front-runner in the Republican primary race for governor of Arizona, last week repeated the claims last week about fraud in the 2020 presidential elections that have been a hallmark of her campaign.  In an interview with the conservative media outlet Newsmax, posted to her Twitter account, she claimed that the leak of the U.S. Supreme Court's draft decision in the case of Dobbs vs. Jacksonville Women's Health Organization "really is a way to detract from Dinesh D'Souza's movie '2000 Mules,'" which makes a case for bogus claims of election fraud. Sitting for the interview in her room at Donald Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, where she was attending the opening of the movie, Lake said: There's no way that they can take what they've seen in this movie, and I've seen it now twice, and in any way try to tear it apart. The left is great, the media is great, the fakes news is great at lying, misleading people, but...
    Kari Lake and Karrin Taylor Robson remain the top two leaders in the Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary, new polling finds. The survey, administered by The Trafalgar Group, gave Lake 38 percent of the support and Taylor Robson 27 percent. Former Congressman Matt Salmon picked up almost 11 percent. 14 percent of the electorate remains undecided. The independent analysis spoke to 1,064 likely GOP voters across the state and maintained a 2.99 percent margin of error. Notably, the poll was conducted before businessman Steve Gaynor announced the suspension of his campaign. He picked up 5.5 percent. In his announcement, Gaynor pointed to previous polling that demonstrated similar numbers. “This week I received survey results that showed I would have a high probability of winning against each of the other candidates in a head-to-head matchup. In a three-way race, I would have a reasonable probability of winning. However, in a four-way race, my chance of winning is low enough to be unrealistic. Kari Lake and Karrin Robson are not exiting the race and Matt Salmon assures me that he is not either....
    A TV ad from an organization attacking Trump-endorsed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has been running on TV and radio. The spot criticizes her for a $350 donation she made to Barack Obama in 2008, well before she entered politics in 2021. One of the men listed as leadership behind the little-known group, Freedom’s Future Fund (FFF), is Jason Roe (pictured above), who was forced to resign as executive director of the Michigan Republican Party last year for declaring that there was no election fraud in the 2020 election and that Trump’s loss was his own fault. Lake told The Arizona Sun Times, “These attacks are further proof that I am a threat to the status quo and the establishment is terrified of our grassroots-backed movement, because ultimately — they don’t want to be held accountable to the people.” The ad instructs viewers to contact the Lake campaign and complain, but the campaign told The Sun Times it hasn’t received a single message at the email address provided  — with one exception. A voice-over talent actor emailed the Lake campaign...
    Kari Lake, the longtime Phoenix-area news anchor turned Trump-backed candidate for Arizona governor, has been campaigning with a man who pleaded guilting to trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant. Lake, who is no stranger to controversy, has previously been documented campaigning with QAnon followers and Nazi sympathizers. Salon documented Lake’s latest campaign scandal, noting that her campaign even paid the convicted felon, Kenneth Ulibarri, $2,000, according to recent filings. Igor Derysh reported that “Ulibarri, a repeat violent offender who pleaded guilty after the DOJ accused him of trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant and an unrelated state charge of battery on a peace officer, spoke at Lake’s “Stand for Freedom” rally in Scottsdale last July.” Derysh notes Ulibarri “was introduced as a man who’s ‘been addicted to drugs, imprisoned, and totally hopeless’ before a ‘miracle came’ and he became a small business owner ‘on a mission to help others break free from addiction.’” Lake, who is running on a pro-law enforcement platform, was documented by CNN in November of 2021 for...
    Donald Trump's pick to be the next governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, a former local television reporter with no political experience, praises cops, touts "back the blue" on her campaign website and vows to increase resources to tackle violent criminals. She's also hit the campaign trail multiple times with a convicted felon who was accused by the Justice Department (DOJ) of trying to kill an FBI informant. According to a finance report recently amended by Lake's campaign, the former TV news anchor who has repeatedly echoed Trump's election lies paid $2,000 to Kenneth Ulibarri, a repeat violent offender who pleaded guilty after the DOJ accused him of trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant and an unrelated state charge of battery on a peace officer. Ulibarri spoke at Lake's "Stand for Freedom" rally in Scottsdale last July, the first rally of her campaign. He was introduced as a man who's "been addicted to drugs, imprisoned, and totally hopeless" before a "miracle came" and he became a small business owner "on a mission to help others break free...
                 The Kari Lake campaign for governor continues its strong momentum, raising $1,462,115 in 2021 according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s campaign finance database. Two of her Republican opponents brought in more money, but both are funding their campaigns with millions of their own dollars. Steve Gaynor reported $5,009,655, which came almost entirely from his own funds, and Karrin Taylor Robson raised about the same amount as Lake, with almost another $2 million added of her own money. Matt Salmon brought in a little over a million. Lake told The Arizona Sun Times, “I am thrilled by our fundraising. The pundits expected us to only raise $500,000. We raised nearly $1.5 million. Our swampy opponents hired up all of the political fundraisers in town in order to starve us from being able to raise money. But the people stepped up and made donations because they know in me, they have the first politician to run for governor who will truly represent the people of Arizona.” Arizona political consultant Jason Rose, who is not working for any of the...
    Efforts by former President Donald Trump to establish a political beachhead in Arizona for a possible 2024 White House bid were less certain to succeed after the Republican he endorsed for governor reported a paltry $375,000 war chest. Kari Lake raised just $1.5 million last year, and spent nearly as much, despite winning Trump’s coveted backing. Wealthy self-funding Republican Karrin Taylor Robson entered 2022 with a much bigger war chest, $3 million, and began advertising on TV this month. Even former Rep. Matt Salmon, who raised slightly less than Lake in 2021, finished the off-year with more money in the bank, $492,000, to spend on his gubernatorial primary campaign. Lake, a well-known former television news anchor in Phoenix, remains a leading candidate for governor at the outset of the election year, said Kirk Adams, former chief of staff to outgoing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. “She’s tapped into an enthusiastic part of the base that we know will show up to vote,” he said. But Adams and other Republican operatives in Arizona cautioned against declaring the nomination over because Lake has...
    (CNN)Kari Lake, the Arizona gubernatorial candidate recently endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has embraced fringe far-right figures in her campaign events, including publicly thanking a Nazi sympathizer for his support and appearing with figures linked to the QAnon conspiracy, a CNN KFile review of her appearances has found.At a campaign event in late August, Lake posed for a photo and video with far-right personalities Ethan Schmidt-Crockett, the founder of the AntiMaskersClub, who harassed a store specializing in wigs for cancer patients this summer because it required customers to wear masks, and Greyson Arnold, a Nazi sympathizer who has a history of making White nationalist, racist, antisemitic and pro-Nazi statements, including once calling Adolf Hitler "a complicated historical figure which many people misunderstand." "Anti-maskers club here with Kari Lake," said Schmidt-Crockett alongside Lake and Arnold in the video. "America First," they each said. After Arnold posted a photo of the trio on Twitter, Lake replied, "It was a pleasure to meet you, too." Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governorLake...
                        Speaking to a packed crowd in Scottsdale Saturday night for her birthday, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake declared, “We will elect Arizona’s first Trump-Republican governor!” Lake planned the huge birthday bash to include a live viewing of former President Trump’s speech at a campaign rally in Alabama. Afterwards, she gave a speech of her own to the well over a thousand who attended the Embassy Suites event. Lake announced the results of a new poll released by her campaign that showed her well ahead of the other Republican candidates. She came in at 37.4 percent, followed by Matt Salmon at 11.5 percent, Steve Gaynor with 2.7 percent, and Karrin Taylor Robson at 2.0 percent. She said if the election were held today, she’d win in a landslide; even if she added up all of her opponents’ numbers combined she would beat them. She distinguished herself from the others, “I’m running against a bunch of swamp creatures.” Lake said her campaign has momentum and is doing well; she...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Black woman who says she has received numerous racist and threatening messages as an Indiana congressional candidate against Vice President Mike Pence's brother called police after hearing what she thought was gunfire before a campaign event. Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake, who faces long odds against Republican Rep. Greg Pence in the GOP-dominated 6th District, said she had just parked Thursday evening outside Vera Mae’s Bistro in Muncie when she heard what she believes were three gunshots outside the driver’s side window. Lake said she was rattled but uninjured, and she noticed no damage to the vehicle. Muncie Police Capt. Steve Cox said officers responded to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and an investigation is ongoing. “It's terrifying to me,” Lake said. “Now, in the scope of where we’re at with this campaign, in terms of some of the negative things, the harassment that's happened, I do feel like things are escalating quite a bit.” Lake said she began receiving racist phone messages and damage to personal property late...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Black woman who says she has received numerous racist and threatening messages as an Indiana congressional candidate against Vice President Mike Pence’s brother called police after hearing what she thought was gunfire before a campaign event. Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake, who faces long odds against Republican Rep. Greg Pence in the GOP-dominated 6th District, said she had just parked Thursday evening outside Vera Mae’s Bistro in Muncie when she heard what she believes were three gunshots outside the driver’s side window. Lake said she was rattled but uninjured, and she noticed no damage to the vehicle. Muncie Police Capt. Steve Cox said officers responded to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and an investigation is ongoing. “It’s terrifying to me,” Lake said. “Now, in the scope of where we’re at with this campaign, in terms of some of the negative things, the harassment that’s happened, I do feel like things are escalating quite a bit.” Lake said she began receiving racist phone messages and damage to personal property late this summer after the Delaware County GOP...
    The guests Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris bring to Wednesday nights vice presidential debate in Utah may offer a window into what themes the two politicos plan to emphasize in their one-and-only head-to-head confrontation. Vice President Pence’s guests in the debate hall Wednesday night will include Ann Marie Dorn, the widow of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was shot to death on June 2 after a violent night of protests. President Donald Trump and his campaign have seized on the scattered violence that has broken out amid otherwise largely peaceful protests demanding racial justice. Trump has wrongly claimed that such violence has been condoned by his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, and has warned it will continue if Biden wins in November. Ann Marie Dorn also spoke at the Republican National Convention. Pence will also be joined by the parents of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker who was taken captive and killed by Islamic State militants. As for Senator Harris, D-Calif., she has two Utah women attending the debate in Salt Lake City as her guests....
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail: LEADING THE DAY:  Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOvernight Defense: Top military officers quarantine after positive COVID case | Distracted pilot, tech issues led to F-35 crash It matters: Kamala Harris and the VP debate CDC director says it's safe for Pence to take part in debate MORE (D-Calif.) will face off — with plexiglass between them — at the first and only vice presidential debate on Wednesday night. The stage in the mostly empty auditorium in Salt Lake City will look unusual, as the candidates will be seated 13 feet apart and see-through barriers are being erected to protect them from the coronavirus. The pandemic is hanging over the debate, as the virus has ripped through the West Wing, the Trump campaign and stricken three GOP senators. Both Pence...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s one more 2020 campaign stop in Minnesota this week. Lara Trump is stopping Thursday in the Twin Cities. The daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump plans to highlight how the president says he’s improved workplaces for women. She’s slated to be at an evening event at the InterContinental Minneapolis-St. Paul, near the Twin Cities airport. Her visit comes just one day after Donald Trump Jr. was in Duluth, and Jill Biden visited Prior Lake. RELATED: Jill Biden Visits Prior Lake In Push For Battleground State, ‘We Can Absolutely Win Minnesota’
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On Wednesday, Minnesota got major attention from the presidential campaigns. Dr. Jill Biden was at a Prior Lake elementary school listening to teachers and local officials. Later in the afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. made a campaign appearance in Duluth. When you average all polls in Minnesota, it shows Joe Biden with a very narrow lead over President Trump 49% to 46%. That is close enough to be within the margin of error of most polls. Both campaigns believe they can win Minnesota in November. Dr. Jill Biden beamed with confidence as she spoke to reporters. “We can absolutely win Minnesota, I looked at the polls this morning: it’s looking good. But we are not taking any vote for granted,” she said. But the polls have been less definitive. In 2016, votes surged in for Trump, who won 78 of the state’s counties. He narrowly lost that year to Hillary Clinton, but that year has energized Republicans. Dr. Jill Biden visited Prior Lake, a suburban district that had gone Republican in recent elections, to talk about education. “In this...
    THOUSANDS of President Donald Trump's supporters were out in full force around the US this wekened as they rallied for four more years of his administration. Dozens of Trump backers in Ohio gathered on Saturday at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown, where they waved flags and chanted "four more years" as they marched to the office of Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 10Thousands of Trump supporters were out in full force over the weekend rallying for another four years of his administrationCredit: AP:Associated Press 10Many of them waved flags and chanted 'four more years!' as they rallied through cities around the nationCredit: Rex Features Earlier in the day, Trump boasted that his campaign "has more spirit and enthusiasm than ever before" while slamming journalists for their "pathetic reporting." My Campaign, despite all of the Fake News, Fake Books, and pathetic reporting written about me and it, has more spirit and enthusiasm than ever before, including the great and wonderful Campaign of 2016!— Donald J. Trump...
    “This is what collusion looks like.” That is how five Democratic senators, including vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, view the fifth and final volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their argument rests on new evidence, which they say shows that Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, “was directly connected to the Russian meddling through his communications with an individual found to be a Russian intelligence officer.” It’s a devastating claim. The report itself, however, paints a more nuanced picture, though no less horrifying. Start with the Russian intelligence agent. He is a 50-year old man named Konstantin Kilimnik. The committee refers to him as a “Russian intelligence officer.” But Kilimnik does not have an official role in any Russian intelligence service. Instead, he “is part of a cadre of individuals ostensibly operating outside of the Russian government but who nonetheless implement Kremlin-directed influence operations.” Those initiatives are often funded by oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s March 2019 report disclosed that Manafort funneled internal...
    Indiana Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake appeared on MSNBC in August promoting her congressional campaign site and asking viewers to make a donation, despite the campaign not being registered with the FEC. The FEC sent Lake and a committee associated with her notices that she has not registered and has failed to file multiple fundraising reports. Lake refused to comment on her campaign’s FEC filings, but gave the DCNF a statement on her opponent, incumbent Republican Rep. Greg Pence. The Democratic congressional nominee running for Indiana Republican Rep. Greg Pence’s seat solicited donations on MSNBC and solicited donations to her campaign, but has not registered as a candidate with the Federal Elections Commission, documents show. Jeannine Lee Lake has criticized the Pence’s for being racist, homophobic and transphobic, but she appears to not be a candidate eligible to receive funds, according to FEC records. Lake has not filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC for the 2020 election, records show. The FEC sent a letter to Lake during her failed 2018 run for the seat, and again...
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