Democrats are starting to openly panic about Republican Kari Lake in the race for governor of Arizona.
They fear that she will not only win the election, but go on to become a new conservative star.
Anyone who has been watching this race knows that they are right to be worried. Lake is fantastic and voters are responding to her.
Dems fear Kari Lake could be Arizona’s governor—and a major MAGA star
Democratic Party strategists are watching Arizona’s Kari Lake with growing alarm.
Why it matters: As some see it, Lake — a 2020 election denier — could easily win the state’s gubernatorial race and threaten its 2024 election processes. And with the talent she’s already displayed even as a political novice, they see her potential to soar to a vice presidential spot or a post-Trump presidential candidacy.
Zoom in: Of this year’s midterm elections slate of “ultra MAGA” candidates, Lake has perhaps the best chance of winning.
– The polls are neck-and-neck. Some Democrats are venting frustration that Katie Hobbs is not presenting a stronger challenge to Lake. Hobbs has refused to debate Lake, which some say signals fear and amounts to “political malpractice.”
What they’re saying: David Plouffe, the architect of Barack Obama’s 2008 victory, told Axios that Lake looks like a “plausible presidential candidate.”
– David Axelrod, another key former Obama adviser, offered this assessment of Lake’s 20+ years in Arizona local TV before her entrance last year into politics: “If you get a candidate who has the performance skills of a major market local TV anchor and the philosophy and thinking of Steve Bannon, that’s a potent and dangerous combination … Look at Italy.”
Democrats are right to be worried about Lake. She is a serious candidate.
Kari Lake CORNERS her Democrat opponent into a debate:
"You can write the questions, I won’t yell, I won’t interrupt you, you can bring an emotional support animal— But show up, like a grown-up, and debate." 🔥
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 13, 2022
The Democrat candidate won’t even debate her.
What does that tell you?