Trump-endorsed candidates appear to have won across the state of Arizona, with Mark Finchem, Kari Lake, Paul Gosar, and Wendy Rogers all winning or set to win their primaries, potentially signalling 45th President Donald Trump’s influence at both the state and local levels.
As Valiant News reported, the first win for America First in Arizona came with Blake Masters, who Trump described as an “incredible guy, a very smart person, and an America First fighter” during an endorsement video in June, stating that he believes Masters will “protect our border, he stands for life, and he’s strong on election fraud.”
Masters will face off against incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly in the upcoming election. Kelly has held the seat since winning in 2020, when he was elected to finish John McCain’s term.
While all the votes in the GOP Arizona gubernatorial primary are yet to come in, Kari Lake has already declared victory, with a growing lead over her opponent, Karrin Robson.
Lake received the backing of Trump, Robson was supported by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Dave Wasserman, the US House Editor for the Cook Political Report, noted that with more election-day ballots being counted, “it doesn’t look like she’s giving [the lead] back.” Other election analysts have already called the race for Lake.
The other major state wide-office won by an America First candidate was the Secretary of State, with Mark Finchem, a former member of the Arizona State Legislature, and election integrity fighter, who repeatedly criticised the problems seen in the 2020 presidential election.
“16.5% victory is a mandate! Thank you to all of you for the support. The people of Arizona have spoken,” Finchem said in a social media post.
“They want secure elections & someone to stop the fraud. We won every county with both the mailed in ballots & the election day vote. On to the general.”
(The Gateway Pundit) BREAKING: MAGA Candidate Mark Finchem WINS GOP Arizona Secretary of State Primary Election
“Trump-endorsed MAGA Candidate Mark Finchem WON the GOP primary election for Arizona Secretary of State on Tuesday night. Mark is a favorite here at The Gateway Pundit. He has been an outspoken supporter for Donald Trump since the November 3, 2020 election. CONGRATULATIONS MARK FINCHEM!”
(The Epoch Times) ‘America First’ Candidate Finchem Wins GOP Nomination for Arizona Secretary of State
“Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem has won the Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state in the Aug. 2 primary election. Finchem defeated his closest rival, Beau Lane, with 38 percent of the vote. Lane received 26 percent, while state Rep. Shawnna Bolick drew 20 percent, and state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita collected 16 percent. Finchem, a state House of Representatives member serving District 11 since January 2015, received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement as an “America First” candidate in the Arizona primary.”