By BOB CHRISTIE – Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Representative Matt Salmon on Wednesday endorsed Republican nominee for Arizona governor Karrin Taylor Robson to former television news personality Kari Lake, a decision made a day after Salmon dropped his own gubernatorial bid.
Salmon dropped out after determining he had no chance of winning a GOP primary and said he didn’t want to drain votes from Robson.
Lake was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is widely seen as the frontrunner in the race, but Robson has gained ground as she wins support from mainstream Republicans and GOP groups and pours money into an advertising effort of several months.
Salmon announced his endorsement of Robson on KTAR radio’s Mike Broomhead show.
“I’m going to work my tail off to get Karrin Taylor Robson elected as Governor of Arizona because I actually believe that with all the challenges we have as a state…we can’t afford to be wrong. “, did he declare. said.
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Salmon checked off major campaign issues such as border security, K-12 education, and water supplies that he said were “incredibly existential issues for us as a state.”
“And I believe we need to have someone with a proven track record to drive things forward,” Salmon said. “And someone we can trust as a real real conservative like Karrin Taylor Robson.”
Salmon was widely seen as 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 gubernatorial nomination.
Primary ballots for the Aug. 2 primary will be mailed next Wednesday, and Salmon’s name will still be on them. Two lesser-known Republicans will also appear on the ballot.
Lake, Robson and candidates Paola Tulliani Zen and Scott Neely are scheduled to take part in a televised debate sponsored by Arizona’s Clean Elections Commission on Wednesday evening. The debate will air on Arizona PBS at 5 p.m.
Term limits prevent current Republican Gov. 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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