The race for the Arizona Republican governor’s nomination was between Lake, backed by Trump, and Karrin Taylor Robson, backed by former Vice President Mike Pence.
The polls were held on Tuesday, but it has taken two days to count the votes, given the close results, with Lake and Robson alternating in the first place as the counting progressed.
Lake will face Democrat Katie Hobbs in the November general election in the race to succeed incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey. Hobbs won the Democrat nomination by defeating Latino Marco Lopez.
The Republican race for state government garnered national attention because it faces off candidates supported by Trump and Pence. They have been estranged since the end of their tenure in the White House in January 2021.
Lake promised a firm hand on the border with Mexico during the campaign and assured that there was electoral fraud during the 2020 presidential elections, in which Trump lost to current President Joe Biden.
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In another tough race, Blake Masters, supported by Trump, won the Republican Party nomination to face Arizona Democrat Senator Mark Kelly in November. That race would be decisive in defining which party will have control of the federal Senate after the November elections.
Among Latino candidates, Daniel Hernandez did not get the votes needed to win the Democratic nomination to represent the state in the federal House of Representatives.