Arizona Governor candidate Kari Lake was one of Donald Trump’s biggest endorsements in the 2022 midterm election.
After coming up short in the 2022 Midterms, Lake is once again considering a Senate run in 2024.
And Donald Trump made one secret phone call that could change Kari Lake’s life forever.
The Senate contest out in Arizona could determine which party holds the majority.
Arizona was once a solid Republican state but has trended further left since Donald Trump’s election as President in 2016.
Independent incumbent Senator Krysten Sinema is expected to seek re-election while the Democrats unify around Leftist Congressman Rueben Gallego.
The big question hanging over the race is who the GOP will nominate.
To date, Pimal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is the only declared candidate in the race.
But Blake Masters – who Trump endorsed in 2022 and who lost to Democrat incumbent Senator Mark Kelly – recently revealed he was strongly considering running again in 2024.
The prospect of a Blake Masters candidacy did not sit well with Donald Trump.
Trump reportedly called Masters in an attempt to dissuade him from the race, saying Kari Lake was likely to run and that Masters couldn’t beat Lake in a primary.
“Former President Donald J. Trump on Sunday called Blake Masters, the failed Arizona Senate candidate considering a second run next year, and told him he didn’t think Mr. Masters could win a primary race against Kari Lake, the former news anchor who ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, according to two people briefed on the conversation,” The New York Times reported.
Lake – who bet her entire 2022 election campaign on tying herself to Donald Trump – put out a statement strongly hinting she was preparing to get into the race.
“I am strongly considering getting in the race and will be making my final decision in the coming weeks,” Lake declared.
For his part, Masters said he “believes the party needs a candidate with a proven ability to fund-raise and campaign and is prepared to run in the absence of such a candidate.”
But Masters also reportedly understands that a bloody primary – like the one he won in 2022 which drove up his negative approval numbers – doesn’t serve the party’s interests either.
A primary between Lake and Masters would surely be nasty and create hard feelings all around – especially among the supporters of whichever candidate lost.
Since Arizona will be an uphill climb regardless of which candidate wins the Republican nomination, a tough primary would certainly not be in the Republican Party’s best interests.
Donald Trump is not endorsing as many candidates in 2024 as he did in 2022.
That is largely a strategic decision as he focuses on his own Presidential race.
Not only that, but many of his 2022 endorsements – like Kari Lake and Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker – didn’t pan out.
But given the stakes out in Arizona, Trump is weighing in behind the scenes to try and give the GOP the best chance to coalesce behind a candidate without tearing itself into pieces.
Deplorable Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.