Former news anchor and one-time Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake officially launched her campaign for the US Senate on Tuesday. During her launch event in Scottsdale, Arizona, Lake secured a prominent endorsement from fellow “election denier” former President Donald Trump.

Lake, a veteran television anchor in the Arizona media industry, previously ran for governor of the Grand Canyon State in 2022, narrowly losing to Democrat challenger Katie Hobbs by 17,000 votes. She has yet to concede the election given the variety of issues that plagued the vote-counting process, ranging from malfunctioning printers to mass mail-in balloting.

But even as her challenge to the 2022 election results continues, Lake has turned her attention towards winning the Senate seat of Democrat-turned-Independent Kyrsten Sinema, who has not announced her intent to run again in 2024. Lake’s campaign launch event on Tuesday came after news of her registration with the Federal Election Commission last week.

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“I am not going to retreat,” Lake said to a crowd of hundreds of supporters in an airplane hangar at Jet Set Magazine in Scottsdale. “I’m going to stand on top of this hill with every single one of you. And I know you’re on my side as I formally announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

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Following her announcement, Lake played a video statement from former President Donald Trump in which the Republican frontrunner gave her a resounding endorsement—and also touted his own campaign trail performance.

“When I’m back in the White House, I’ll need strong fighters like Kari in the Senate,” Trump said. “She’s a fighter, she’s strong, and she’s got a great heart.”

“Republicans must win—and we must win very, very big,” he continued. “It’s much harder for them to cheat if we do as we should…When you get enough votes, they can’t cheat that badly.”

This video statement marks the first time former President Trump has ever endorsed a candidate immediately upon the launch of their campaign.

As a candidate, Lake will now face off against Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and businessman Brian Wright for the GOP nomination. Democrat Congressman Ruben Gallego and possibly Sen. Sinema herself, should she seek reelection, will challenge the GOP’s candidate in the general election next year.

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