AZ Senatorial Candidate Kari Lake Gains Senator John Cornyn's Support For Upcoming Election

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/02/2024
Kari Lake is running for the Senate in Arizona, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is supporting her. This is one of the more prominent endorsements from the upper house thus far.

Cornyn praised Republican nominee Lake for his positions on the economy and border, calling him the greatest option for Republicans looking to reduce illegal immigration in the border state. With Cornyn's support, the Texas Republican is preparing to run for the party's Senate leadership position in order to take control of the upper chamber for the Republicans.

In a statement, Cornyn said, "Joe Biden and Ruben Gallego have destroyed our economy, made our streets less safe, and failed to secure the border." "Kari Lake will complete the border wall and put our economy back on track." I am glad to support her in her Arizona Senate campaign.

One of the biggest chances for Republicans to take over the upper house next year may be the Senate contest in Arizona. It is considered a toss-up race since recent polls have practically matched challenger Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Lake.

Cornyn is the most recent Republican senator to support her candidacy, having previously backed Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN).

In a statement, Lake stated, "I am overjoyed to have Senator John Cornyn's support and endorsement." He assisted President Trump in reducing taxes and appointing conservative justices. I am excited to work with him in the Senate to improve our nation.

In a head-to-head match, Lake leads Gallego by one point, 46% to 45%, according to a recent Public Policy study.

If incumbent Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) joins the contest, it will change somewhat. Gallego leads Lake and Sinema by 4.5 points in a three-way race according to the RealClearPolitics average of public polls. Sinema has not yet declared her intention to seek reelection.

Another encouraging development for Lake's candidacy, according to her supporters, is the polling that former President Donald Trump conducted in Arizona versus President Joe Biden. The former president and Lake have become close friends, and Trump has supported Lake's campaign.

The primary Senate GOP campaign arm, which supported Lake's candidacy earlier this month, is another asset. That might provide her with a significant financial advantage should she face Gallego head-to-head; as of yet this cycle, no sitting Democratic senator has endorsed Gallego; they are now awaiting Sinema's choice.

The 2024 election cycle has 34 Senate seats up for grabs. Democrats hold almost all of the contested seats, so they are always on the defense as they attempt to hold onto their narrow majority. Of these, Democrats must defend 23, compared to only 11 for Republicans.

In the Senate, Democrats have a 51-49 majority, and vice president Kamala Harris may vote in a tiebreaker if necessary. Therefore, should the Republicans retake the White House in 2024, they would only need to flip one Senate member to take the majority. The party needs to win two more Senate seats if they are not able to win back the White House.


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