Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson endorsed by Salmon

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Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon on Wednesday endorsed Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson over former TV news anchor Kari Lake, a decision that came a day after Salmon dropped his own gubernatorial bid. in the primaries.

Salmon withdrew after determining he had no chance of winning the Republican primary and said he did not want to take votes away from Robson.

Lake has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is widely seen as the front-runner in the race. But Robson has been gaining ground as he garners support from traditional Republicans and GOP groups and spends money on a months-long publicity effort.

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Salmon announced his endorsement of Robson on KTAR radio’s Mike Broomhead show.

“I’m going to work hard to get Karrin Taylor Robson elected as governor of Arizona because I truly believe that with all the challenges that we have as a state… we can’t afford to be wrong,” she said. she said she.

Karrin Taylor Robson is endorsed by former US Representative Matt Salmon.
(Karrin for the Arizona campaign via AP)

Salmon listed major campaign issues such as border security, K-12 education and water supply, which he said were “incredibly existential issues for us as a state.”

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“And I think we have to have someone who really has a track record of getting things done,” Salmon said. “And someone we can trust as a true conservative like Karrin Taylor Robson.”

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Salmon was considered to be behind Lake and Robson, a developer who resigned from the board that oversees Arizona’s three public universities when she decided to run for the Republican nomination for governor.

Primary ballots for the August 2 primary will be mailed out next Wednesday and Salmon’s name will continue to appear on them. Two lesser-known Republicans will also appear on the ballot.

Lake, Robson and candidates Paola Tulliani Zen and Scott Neely will participate in a televised debate sponsored by the Arizona Clean Elections Commission on Wednesday night. The debate will be broadcast on Arizona PBS at 5 p.m.

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Term limits prevent incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey from running again in 2022. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and former Nogales Mayor Marco Lopez are seeking the Democratic nomination.

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