2022 Arizona Primary Election Results
Arizona’s primary election on Tuesday is a prime target for former President Donald Trump, who narrowly lost the state in 2020. Trump, who unsuccessfully tried to overturn his loss, endorsed a list of candidates up and down the ballot who promoted his bogus claims of a stolen election.
LOOK: Far-right Trump election supporters vying for election in Arizona
The Trump-endorsed candidates in Arizona all have one thing in common: They have been loudly spouting misinformation about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, despite election officials and Trump’s own attorney general saying he there was no credible evidence that the race was tainted.
In the race for governor, Trump has backed former TV news anchor Kari Lake, who said she would not have certified Arizona’s 2020 election results. Lake is facing the businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson, who is endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence and the outgoing Governor. Doug Ducey.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a strong advocate for the 2020 election, is heavily favored to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
In the U.S. Senate Republican primary, Trump backed tech investor Blake Masters as the candidate to take on incumbent Democratic Mark Kelly in the fall. Masters, whose campaign was funded by billionaire Peter Thiel, has called for reducing legal immigration and espoused the baseless “great replacement” conspiracy theory, saying Democrats are trying to “replace Americans who were born here”.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich, another Senate candidate, has been weighed down by lackluster fundraising and fierce criticism from Trump, who says Brnovich has done little to advance his voter fraud allegations. Another prominent candidate, Jim Lamon, founder of a solar energy company, touted his background as a military veteran and entrepreneur.
The Republican primary for secretary of state includes Trump-backed lawmaker Mark Finchem, a state representative who worked to reverse Trump’s 2020 loss; State Representative Shawnna Bolick, who introduced a bill to allow lawmakers to ignore election results and choose their own presidential voters; and State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who has long pushed for revisions to election laws. The GOP establishment has rallied behind ad executive Beau Lane in the race.
Ron Watkins, who has ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, is seen as a long shot in his home run. Watkins, a Republican, was the longtime administrator of the online chat rooms that became the home of the anonymous “Q.” The conspiracy theory centers on the unsubstantiated belief that Trump ran a covert campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and that a group of satanic, cannibalistic child molesters covertly rule the world.
In the state Legislature, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who testified at a Jan. 6 hearing about Trump’s push to void the 2020 election, faces a candidate backed by Trump in his bid to run for the state senate.
Associated Press writer Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix contributed to this report.