Trump-Backed Lake, Masters Take Lead in Last Days

Candidates backed by former President Donald Trump, gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters, took the lead in the polls days before the Arizona primaries.

The OH Predictive poll conducted on July 27 found that likely GOP voters supported Trump-backed candidates for the job on the rest of the candidates’ respective fields.

Of the 502 people polled, Lake, a former local Fox 10 anchor, held a double-digit lead, with 51% saying they would vote for her. The next closest contender was Karrin Taylor Robson, with 33% of the vote.

The other candidates were Matt Salmon, with two percent of the vote, as well as Scott Neely and Paola Tulliani-Zen, with one percent. Twelve percent said they were unsure or declined to answer.

Lake captured 75% of the group of respondents who identified themselves as Trump supporters.

The same poll revealed that Masters held a double-digit lead over their closest competitor. Masters garnered 36% support, while Jim Lamon garnered just 21%.

The other leading Republican contenders were March Brnovich with 12%, Michael McGuire with 5% and Justin Olson with 3%. Additionally, 22% said they were unsure or declined to answer.

The poll, which had a 4.37% margin of error, also found that Masters’ rise in the poll came from Trump supporters, as 53% of the group support the Republican nominee.

Pollsters noted that with just days left in the gubernatorial race, Lake was gaining support as the Arizona primary drew attention due to the “proxy battle between the GOP party and the Trump loyalists”:

With just days left in the race for the GOP primary for governor, the latest poll shows likely voters in the GOP primary breaking heavily and hard for the former gubernatorial candidate. local of Fox 10 News Anchor, Kari Lake. A week before voters were to receive advance ballots, the OHPI poll showed a close race between Lake and Robson — not anymore. A lot has happened since the contest captured national attention as a proxy battle between the GOP party and Trump loyalists — with a lot of money being spent in the process.

The poll showing Trump-backed candidates leading their respective major fields came just days after Breitbart News’ Washington bureau chief Matthew Boyle and political reporter Ashley Oliver wrote that a ” proxy war” was brewing in the Grand Canyon State.

The pair wrote that the state that once elected Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) could herald Trump’s return by electing his favorite candidates:

What has become a proxy war between Trump and several elements of the old donor class and has seen skirmishes in other states like Georgia and Nebraska in this year’s gubernatorial primaries has now erupted in broad daylight in just two weeks before the all-important August 2. election.

The year-long battle has seen wins and losses on both sides – although many more wins for Trump and many more losses for the donor-class establishment, although some early wins strategically placed for the old guard had some wondering if Trump had lost his fastball. Trump is perfect in U.S. Senate primary endorsements so far this cycle, and also has a perfect endorsement record in 23 states following a win this week in Maryland’s gubernatorial primary against the gubernatorial handpicked nominee. of Never Trump, Larry Hogan (R).

While these battles aren’t happening directly in front of the public yet — they’re happening behind the scenes with consultants and party power brokers trying to change the landscape to deliver benefits to their favorite players — Friday’s events in Arizona could very well be a major preview of things to come in the months and years to come for Trump and for the party as a whole.

The poll also showed that 49% of respondents had already voted, while 51% said they planned to vote.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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