Pence Breaks With Trump, Endorses Robson for Arizona Gov.

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    The Facts

    • Former VP Mike Pence on Mon. endorsed real estate developer and Ariz. Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson in the GOP gubernatorial primary election, breaking with former Pres. Trump, who endorsed former TV anchor Kari Lake months ago.

    • The winner of the Aug. 2 GOP primary will likely face Democratic Sec. of State Katie Hobbs for the right to succeed GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, who is leaving office because of term limits.


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    "Real" Republicans might not always side with Trump, but Lake is the only true Republican in Arizona based on her brilliance, years of experience in the media, and her willingness to bring up important issues like election fraud. By contrast, Robson is a "Republican In Name Only" based on her ineffective record.

    Republican narrative

    Pence isn't the only one flexing his political muscles by opposing a Trump-endorsed candidate this year, but he's the rare figure with aspirations to run for president in 2024 who could go 2-0 against Trump in these races. Lake has plenty of issues working against her, including her six years as a registered Democrat.

    Democratic narrative

    Trump thought Lake was a shoo-in, but now she's running into a lot of intra-party resistance. The dissension within the GOP's ranks is an extremely welcome development for Democrats with the pivotal fall elections just months away.


    Establishment split

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