Kari Lake, a former news anchor and first-time political candidate, has made serious headway in her campaign to become Arizona’s next governor.
The Trump-endorsed candidate raised nearly $1.5 million for her gubernatorial campaign, which launched in June 2021.
“We have built a grassroots fundraising machine from scratch, despite the establishment pulling out all the stops to slow us down,” Lake stated in press release on Wednesday. “The people of Arizona are clearly looking for new leadership in our great state. My frontrunner status, along with the thousands of brand new donors is making the establishment very nervous.”
Lake, an “America First” Republican, has consistently polled as a double-digit front-runner over a crowd of other Republican candidates in Arizona’s 2022 gubernatorial primary.
She leads over six other Republicans with 28 percent of the vote, according to a November OH Predictive Insights poll. In second place was former Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon with just 11 percent.
45th President Donald Trump endorsed Lake in September, calling her a “fantastic person” that would be tough on crime, the southern border, the Second Amendment, and election integrity.
“She is against Covid lockdowns, Cancel Culture, and will end ‘woke’ curriculum in our schools,” Trump said in his endorsement. “Kari will make her wonderful family, and the MAGA movement, very proud. Kari Lake as my Complete and Total Endorsement.”
Lake, a well-known former news anchor for Fox 10 in Phoenix, said she walked away from her career in the media “to do something more meaningful,” and to give people more than “half-truths” like a news anchor does.
Lake will likely face off against far-left Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, D-Ariz., who certified the state’s 2020 election results despite numerous reports of election discrepancies.