Arizona primary 2022: Live election coverage

Lake leads Taylor Robson in GOP nominee bid

The race for Arizona’s next governor has come into focus, with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs capturing the Democratic slot by a wide margin, and former television anchor Kari Lake climbing into a narrow lead for the Republican nomination.

Though the Republican race was too close to officially call, Lake declared victory on Wednesday afternoon as ballots cast on election day were counted and pushed her ahead of opponent Karrin Taylor Robson’s advantage among early voters.

“We are so proud of the movement,” Lake said during a news conference Wednesday. “We are so proud of the victory we have, and we are going to lead this state to its brightest days ahead.”

A spokesman for Taylor Robson declined to comment about Lake declaring victory with the race yet to be called.

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