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Kari Lake


Kari Lake is a former Fox News anchor in Phoenix who resigned in March 2021 to run for governor of Arizona. A conspiracy theorist known for spreading misinformation, she surged ahead in the crowded GOP primary race for governor once Trump endorsed her in September 2021. The Atlantic recently dubbed her “Trumpism’s leading lady.” 

Lake has called for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who is running against her for governor, to be “locked up” over unspecified election crimes in 2020 and with little apparent irony, has also advocated for imprisoning journalists she claims have lied about the election. 

Since the 2020 election, Lake has thrown herself into spreading the Big Lie and spewing Trumpist, far-right vitriol, a strategy that seems to be serving her well. In October 2022, the New York Times reported that Lake’s “hard line against abortion” and routine use of “strident language on the stump”—along with her slick TV persona—have allowed her to overshadow “Hobbs, whose more subdued personality has driven far fewer headlines.”

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