Sep 28, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Kari Lake to announce Senate run for Sinema's seat in Arizona

Kari Lake attending the first Republican debate in August as a surrogate for Donald Trump. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Kari Lake told the WSJ she'll announce at a rally on Oct. 10 that she's running for Senate in 2024, setting up a possible three-way race with Independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema and Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego.

Why it matters: Lake, who still hasn't accepted her narrow loss to Democrat Katie Hobbs in the 2022 governor's race, is one of former President Trump's most vocal defenders and has been discussed as a possible 2024 running mate — though her Senate run could complicate that equation.

  • Lake has acted as a top surrogate for Trump on TV and at the Republican debates, solidifying her status as one of the top stars of the MAGA wing of the party.

What to watch: The likely three-way battle will expose deep divisions in both major parties on whether to appeal to their bases or independents in a critical 2024 battleground state, Axios' Juliegrace Brufke and Hans Nichols write.

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