Republican Kari Lake, the former Fox News anchor who unsuccessfully ran for governor in Arizona during last year’s midterms, is seriously considering a run for a seat on the U.S. Senate representing Arizona next year.
Lake, who is a big supporter of former President Donald Trump – and vice versa – hasn’t backed off her claims that she ended up winning the Arizona gubernatorial election over Democrat Katie Hobbs. She has pushed claims of there being irregularities in voting in the state.
In fact, Lake is continuing to fight her loss in that election from November of 2022 in courts.
Recently, Lake discussed her potential political ambitions for the future while speaking with One America News Network. She told OAN that she’s “seriously considering” running for the Senate seat that’s currently held by Senator Kyrsten Sinema – who was a Democrat but recently departed the party and is now officially an independent.
That seat is up for election in 2024.
This really shouldn’t be a surprise, either. Lake has been mentioned by many as a potential challenger to Sinema ever since the incumbent senator said in December that she’d be leaving the liberal party and registering as an independent.
While appearing with OAN, Lake said:
“I am seriously considering a run for Senate, yes absolutely. Just because they stole an election we’re so dangerous to them, I’m so dangerous to the status quo and this rotten swamp that they’re willing to steal an election to stop me and our movement. I’m not letting them get away with that. We’re not going away, and so I am seriously considering a run for Senate.
“All the polling shows that I would win. Not just the primary, the polling is showing that I would beat Kyrsten Sinema and this socialist guy that’s running for the Democrats.”
Lake was referring to Representative Ruben Gallego, who has announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination during the 2024 Senate race.
Recent polls suggest that Gallego is right now the favorite to win Sinema’s Senate seat in 2024, but that could be because Lake hasn’t officially thrown her hat into the ring yet. A lot of times, early polls can be misleading before all the candidates officially decide to run, as they don’t get the real feelings of voters.
For instance, a recent poll of more than 1,000 registered voters that was taken in February by OH Predictive Insights found Gallego is the preferred candidate in a race among himself, Sinema and Lake. Gallego garnered 34% of that vote, compared to 26% for Lake and 19% for Sinema.
The same poll asked voters who they would support in a hypothetical match-up between just Gallego and Lake, and voters still support the Democrat (43%) more than the Republican (33%).
Again, though, it’s all just conjecture at this point, since Gallego is officially in the race, and Lake is not. The stance on voters could very likely change if she were to decide to officially announce her candidacy.