Former Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, faced another roadblock this week when the state Supreme Court rejected her request to transfer an election contest claim.
The court denied the petition for transfer on Wednesday without providing any explanation as to why it made its decision.
Lake has been challenging her loss in the 2022 gubernatorial election since December last year and has continued to appeal her contests since then.
In March, the state Supreme Court dismissed six out of seven claims brought by Lake regarding that same election while the remaining one was eventually dismissed by an Arizona trial court in May.
Despite these setbacks, she may be gearing up to run for a seat in the 2024 U.S. Senate elections in Arizona as she recently spoke at The Family Leadership Summit in Iowa and expressed belief that she is “the only one who can win” next year’s race if she decides to join it.
If Lake does decide on a Senate run, it looks like she might have an advantage over other potential candidates already due to recent polls conducted by JL Partners from April 10-12 which showed that 38% of registered Arizona Republicans and undeclared voters would vote for her even though she hasn’t announced her plans yet – with Karri Taylor Robson coming second with 10% support followed by Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb (8%) and 2022 Senate candidate Blake Masters (7%).
Other declared or potential candidates including former Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney and entrepreneur Vivek Ramayana all got single-digit support according to the survey results while 2% endorsed some other option than those mentioned above.
Interestingly enough, another survey had Trump ahead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis when it comes to getting GOP nomination next year with 47% supporting Trump compared to 24% supporting DeSantis whereas 11% were undecided between them two candidates at that time point.
As speculation increases about whether or not Kari Lake will toss her hat into the ring during next year’s US Senate race in Arizona, there are still no clear answers as she stated that she’ll decide within few months likely making a final decision sometime this fall.
We will just have to wait until then to see what the future holds for her political career.