In a column for the Bulwark, conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter noted the sea change in strategy suggested by failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who announced she will be launching a massive get-out-the-vote program in her state that will rely heavily on early voting -- a method she has previously accused of being rife with fraud.
After yet another on a long string of court losses, Lake was coy about announcing a run for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) during her self-proclaimed "big announcement" and instead pitched her newest venture as she tries to keep the spotlight on herself.
Of note was her acknowledgment that mail-in voting -- which she has trashed -- is necessary to electoral success.
During her announcement, she referred to her flop in 2022 and told reporters and a smattering of fans, "If you do the math, that’s about half a million Republicans and independents who were mailed a ballot and let Election Day pass with that ballot sitting on their kitchen table."
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According to Carpenter, Lake is "caving" to reality with the realization that she can't win unless she backtracks on early voting and accusations of election fraud --- and admits she was wrong while eating her words.
"Focusing on GOTV efforts is a tried-and-true way for loser candidates to shore up support while keeping their name in play for future elections—just ask Democrat Stacey Abrams or Republican Kelly Loeffler. Possibly as another means of buying herself time, Lake said she hopes to appeal her court loss, taking her case all the way to the Supreme Court, although she declined to say what her legal path might be," she wrote.
"Deep down, Lake might know she’s damaged political goods. Maybe she finally realizes she can’t win any kind of competitive election, statewide or nationally, by telling voters not to believe in the results." she added.
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