One of the biggest disappointments of the 2022 midterm elections was having the Arizona governor’s race stolen from Kari Lake. Ms. Lake is one of the most vocal articulate America First champions that we have in this country, other than Donald Trump himself. The good news is that Kari is not going away. Earlier this week, she filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for Kyrsten Sinema’s US Senate seat next year.
Many people don’t realize that there are still 8,000 uncounted provisional ballots in Pinal County, Arizona from the 2022 midterm. They’ve been tied up in court ever since the election, and the Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail to keep those ballots from being counted. Provisional ballots broke 70% for Republicans back on the day of the 2022 midterms.
If a court ever rules that those ballots should be counted (and it’s outrageous that they have not been), Abe Hamadeh would likely become the new Attorney General since he “lost” his race by just 251 votes. Counting those ballots would also put Kari Lake’s vote total within the margin to trigger an automatic recount.
It’s been a year since the election, and it’s crazy to think about it, but Kari Lake could still end up winning the race for Governor of Arizona if those ballots were to be counted.
In the meantime, what does Kari Lake running for US Senate tell us? First, she’s probably not on Donald Trump’s shortlist to be his vice-presidential running mate. Second, it presents a great opportunity to flip a US Senate seat to the Republican column. Sinema is an “Independent” but caucuses and votes with the far-left Democrats.
Between Kari Lake’s statewide name recognition and her campaign apparatus from running for governor, Kyrsten Sinema is going to have a serious race on her hands next year.