Arizona is a key battleground state in 2024.
The outcome in Arizona could determine which Party controls the U.S. Senate.
And Kari Lake just made one announcement that has Kyrsten Sinema worried about losing her job.
Controversy in the desert
Democrat Katie Hobbs defeated Kari Lake in the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election by half a point, or about 17,000 votes.
The Arizona Gubernatorial contest was marred by delays and technology problems on Election Day, especially in Maricopa County, which is the largest county in the state.
According to an investigation by Kari Lake’s legal team, 63% of precincts in Maricopa County experienced “material problems with the tabulators not being able to tabulate ballots.”
This resulted in 51% of Maricopa County voters having to wait at least 2-3 hours to vote on Election Day.
This caused many Arizonans to leave without voting, effectively disenfranchising them.
While Democrats dominated in early voting, nearly 70% of Election Day in-person voters were Republicans, likely causing the Election Day delays to swing the election for Hobbs.
But Kari Lake is not done fighting for Arizonans yet.
Kari Lake refuses to go away
Even though she came up short on Election Day, Lake emerged as one of the rising stars in the GOP during the 2022 Midterm elections.
Many conservatives are now wondering about her political plans for the future.
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During a recent interview, Charlie Kirk asked Lake if she will challenge incumbent Senator Kyrsten Sinema in 2024.
“They want me to go away,” Lake replied. “They want our movement to go away.”
“I’m not going to let them have that,” she continued, before adding that “I won’t go away.”
Lake vs. Sinema?
Lake did indeed go on to confirm that she is “entertaining” the idea of running against Sinema in 2024.
Lake told Charlie Kirk that she likes her chances if she does run for Senate.
“I’ve seen some internal polling that shows I’m the only Republican who can beat these other two,” Lake said, referring to Krysten Sinema and Democrat Ruben Gallego, who declared his candidacy for the Senate last month. “I find both of them incredibly dangerous to the people of Arizona.”
Lake went on to point out that while Sinema recently left the Democrat Party and registered as an Independent – meaning she could have to defend her seat against both a Republican and a Democrat in a General Election – she has voted for Joe Biden’s radical left-wing agenda 93% of the time.
And Lake reminded viewers that Gallego is a self-admitted socialist who will be running to Sinema’s Left.
Gallego isn’t a lock to win his Party’s nomination for the seat, but he will enter the Democrat Primary as the favorite candidate.
There are other Democrats rumored to be weighing a potential run now that Sinema is no longer part of the Party, including Tucson Mayor Regina Romero.
With Arizona’s recent history of turning out close elections, all eyes will be on the Grand Canyon State in 2024.