U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake has received the endorsement of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). The endorsement could help Lake consolidate broader Republican backing in her bid for the Senate seat held by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other powerful allies have not indicated plans to actively support Lake, with McConnell viewing the GOP majority as depending on wins in West Virginia, Ohio, and Montana instead.
U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake wins NRSC endorsement, moves ahead in GOP primary race
U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake has won the endorsement of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), sidelining GOP rival Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb. The endorsement signifies a significant development in consolidating broader Republican support in the primary race.
Chair of the NRSC, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., commended Lake’s campaign, stating, “Kari Lake is one of the most talented candidates in the country.” He expressed confidence in her campaign operation’s capability to secure Arizona’s Senate seat come November.
Lake views the NRSC’s endorsement as a promising sign for her campaign. “I am honored to have the endorsement of Chairman Daines and the NRSC,” she said. “We are uniting Republicans in Arizona and have a clear path to victory. The Senate Majority runs through Arizona.”
Lake’s claim of uniting Republicans comes amidst recent controversy. She was booed at the Arizona Republican Party annual meeting shortly after effectively dethroning party chair, Jeff DeWit, by releasing a secret recording from last year in which he conveyed a message that people wanted her to stay out of the Senate race.
Despite these controversies and Lake’s narrow loss in the 2022 gubernatorial race, she secured the endorsement of former President Donald Trump on the night she entered the race, a significant boost for her campaign.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his allies have yet to indicate plans to support Lake. McConnell’s strategy for regaining GOP majority seems to hinge on wins in West Virginia, Ohio and Montana, rather than Arizona.
Lake’s GOP rival, Lamb, who entered the Senate race in April, has struggled with underwhelming campaign fundraising and limited support. Meanwhile, current seat holder Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., has not yet confirmed plans to run for a second term. U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., is currently the only prominent Democratic candidate in the race.
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