After a series of legal challenges contesting her narrow loss in Arizona’s 2022 gubernatorial race, Republican Kari Lake is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2024.
While speaking at The Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Lake stated that she would be making her decision “in the next couple of months,” with an announcement coming “maybe sometime in the fall.”
“I’ve looked at the polling, to be honest, and I believe I’m the only one who can win that race,” said Lake.
“We have an opportunity to pick up a very important seat so that when President Trump gets back into office, he can have people in D.C. ready to back him up with his incredible agenda,” she added during the event.
Lake’s name has also been floated as a potential vice presidential running mate with President Trump. When asked about her vice presidential prospects during a podcast with Twitter’s Catturd, Lake said that she was “considering a run for the U.S. Senate” instead.
Lake is seeking to succeed first-term incumbent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., who has yet to announce reelection plans.
Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., has launched his bid to unseat Sinema, a moderate who left the Democrat Party last year to become an independent.
Should Sinema run, a potential three-way race could divide support among far-left and moderate Democrats, potentially handing Lake a victory in the key swing state.
Lake, a staunch ally of President Trump, has been floated as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate in the months following her legal challenges contesting her state’s gubernatorial race.
Lake has alleged that issues that occurred on Election Day, such as tabulator errors and voter disenfranchisement, led to her loss against then-state Secretary of State Democrat Katie Hobbs, who was in charge of the state’s elections.
Hobbs later threatened legal action against election officials who did not certify her the winner of the governor’s race.
In order to combat Democrats’ ballot harvesting and potential shenanigans from liberal election officials, Lake launched what she called “the most extensive ballot chasing operation” in Arizona’s history to protect future elections.