Arizona Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake fawned over the prospect that she could be on a 2024 ticket with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, though she has vowed to serve out at least a full term as governor.
A MAGA darling who had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump in her contentious GOP primary, Lake said she was “flattered” by the prospect of being a running mate for Trump’s likely chief primary foe when the matter was raised in an interview with SiriusXM’s The Wilkow Majority.
“I’ve been asked that, which is, it’s flattering that people consider me for that. I just want to save Arizona. I truly do. I’m not looking at a long political career. I’m looking [to] save Arizona, get things back on track, and go from there,” she told host Andrew Wilkow about a possible DeSantis-Lake ticket.
Some conservatives had also speculated that Lake could be Trump’s running mate in 2024, though Lake appeared to shut that down, contending that she planned to serve eight years as Arizona governor, which would be two terms.
“I’m going to serve eight years as governor of Arizona,” Lake told ABC’s This Week when asked about a Trump-Lake ticket last month.
Lake had been extremely steadfast in her support of Trump and has made election security a central tenet of her gubernatorial campaign.
DeSantis has been widely viewed as a top contender in the 2024 race if he chooses to run. Up until Tuesday, he had said he was focused on winning reelection as Florida governor, which he did, easily.
Lake’s race is uncalled as hundreds of thousands of ballots remain uncounted, and election officials have indicated it may take a few more days at least. The current count shows Lake trailing her Democratic rival Katie Hobbs, 50.33% to 49.67%, with only about 70% of votes in. Lake remains confident that she and Republican Senate hopeful Blake Masters will prevail when the dust settles.
“We’re going to win probably comfortably, and [Masters is] going to win but it’s going be tighter. But we believe Blake Masters has a very, very, very good shot of winning, and they’re afraid. … We’re going to win in Arizona, and they’re going to have to eat their words.”
Masters is lagging behind incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly 46.4% to 51.4%, with about 70% of the votes in as of Thursday afternoon.