The defeat is stinging and signs a new setback very noticed for Donald Trump. A Republican candidate backed by former US President Kari Lake failed to win the Arizona governorship on Monday, according to media reports.
After a tight and tense competition in this key state, Democrat Katie Hobbs won on the wire against this emblematic figure of Trumpism, according to CNN and NBC. Kari Lake, convinced that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump – despite the lack of evidence – had refused to make it clear that she would accept the result of her own ballot. The ill-fated contestant tweeted Monday night, “Arizonans know when they’re being scammed.” And the response is on: on the social network, she called on voters who had problems voting to come forward.
The former president, for his part, immediately denounced the validity of the ballot on his Truth Social network. “Wow! They just stole the election from Kari Lake. It’s really serious!”
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Labeled a ‘threat to democracy’
This 53-year-old woman, who claims the nickname of “Trump in a petticoat” which the left has decked her out, was one of the prominent figures in the campaign. She was seen as one of the Republican’s lieutenants during the midterm elections, which took place on November 8. The former local Fox News anchor had turned her broadcast notoriety into political capital, cultivating an image of a grace-stricken rebel who abandoned the “corrupt media”.
Immigration, crime, decline… This mother of two had taken up all the themes of her mentor. Her radicalism had earned her the title of “threat to democracy” by a large part of the American press, which already imagined her as a possible vice-president of Donald Trump in 2024.
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Trump’s position weakened
Almost a week after the votes were held, the full results of the midterm elections are yet to be known – control of the House of Representatives, for example, remains an unknown. But “democracy is worth the wait,” Democrat and future governor Katie Hobbs rejoiced on Twitter on Monday evening.
Kari Lake’s loss is bad news for the real estate mogul, who hasn’t brought the election season the glory he was hoping for. Donald Trump was personally involved in these votes, dubbing candidates who swear absolute loyalty to him.
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But the Republican Party, which wanted to see a conservative wave sweep through the US Congress, did not do as well as it thought. The Democrats managed to retain their control of the Senate. Above all, many of the billionaire’s foals disappointed, weakening his position. Especially since he has to face competition from Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida re-elected triumphantly, who is said to have presidential ambitions.
Donald Trump, who promised a “very big announcement” for Tuesday, should, in all likelihood, formalize his candidacy for the presidential election of 2024.