Arizona president| Ducey vs. Trump in a proxy campaign for governor of Arizona

The drama began when Ducey rebuffed Trump's demands to invalidate the state's 2020 election results. This is the newest chapter in that story.

Doug Ducey, a Republican governor of Arizona, is running against Donald Trump's choice to succeed him as governor after their relationship fell apart over his reluctance to annul the results of the state's 2020 elections.

In the Aug. 2 primary, Kari Lake, a former local TV news anchor who has received Trump's endorsement, is running against Karrin Taylor Robson, a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents. It's the most recent development in an ongoing conflict between Trump and Ducey, who was famously caught on camera leaving Trump a voicemail while announcing Joe Biden as the victor of Arizona's presidential election.

#Since then, Trump has made Ducey one of his favorite targets, branding him as "one of the worst Governors in America" and a "RINO" (Republican in Name Only). Trump declared in September of last year that Lake would "perform a far better job than" Ducey. Lake has followed Trump's example, criticizing the governor for his border policies among other things while vehemently promoting the continued lie of the former president that the election was rigged.

The outgoing governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has dismissed Trump's criticism, declaring in 2017 that he "would hold up my conservative record in Arizona against any other state." Asserting that he was "faithful to the Constitution and the law," the 58-year-old governor has stood by his choice to certify the election.

Ducey described Robson as "the genuine deal: pro-Life, pro-gun, and pro-wall — and she'll stand up to Joe Biden and the extremist Left" in a statement announcing his endorsement.

The governor is expected to take extra measures to promote Robson in the lead-up to the primary, according to a person familiar with his plans. The governor has already shot an advertisement for the candidate, which was released on Thursday.

In a new ad released last week, Lake, who has run a viciously pro-Trump campaign, promises to "complete President Trump's wall" if elected governor. Last week, during a televised discussion, Lake questioned her rivals if they concurred that the election was "corrupt" and "stolen." Her team afterward called Robson's denial "sickening."

Robson, however, has also been a significant supporter of Trump; according to her campaign, she raised more than $1 million for his campaigns. Her husband, Ed Robson, gave Trump another six figures in donations.

In the Georgia governor's race, Ducey also tangled with Trump when he backed incumbent Brian Kemp, who the former president has also mercilessly assailed for refusing to annul the results of the 2020 election. Over former senator David Perdue, who had Trump's support, Kemp handily won the primary.

Senior Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, approached Ducey about running for the Senate this year, but he declined. By declaring at one point that "MAGA will never accept RINO Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona running for the U.S. Senate," Trump made it obvious that he would oppose a Ducey Senate run.

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