Sen. Bill Hagerty endorses Kari Lake's Arizona Senate bid

 February 3, 2024

Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is on a mission to win a Senate seat, and her chances of doing so are seemingly increasing by the day.

According to the Daily Mail, Lake's momentum is building, and that was evidenced recently after Tennesssee Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty offered his endorsement of her campaign.

Hagerty didn't mince his words, telling the outlet that he is all in on Lake, especially because of her "fiery" leadership style.

"Kari is fearless, she doesn’t back down, and she will fight tirelessly to secure our border and make our country safe and prosperous,' he told 'The stakes could not be higher, and it is now more important than ever that we retake the Republican majority," Hagerty told the Daily Mail.

The endorsement was another addition to an already impressive list of Republican endorsements.

The outlet noted:

Lake has already racked up endorsements from Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso, Wyo., Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Ala., and Sen. Tom Cotton, Ark.

Lake's campaign team bragged about the endorsement on social media over the weekend, writing, "A huge honor!"

For her part, Lake also responded positively to the news, writing in a statement, "'I am thrilled to have the endorsement of a conservative force in the Senate, my friend Bill Hagerty. He has been a strong voice for securing our border and advocating for America First policies."

Recent polling indicated that Lake is ahead of her primary competitor, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego. The latest numbers indicated that she's up by two points, 46% to Gallego's 44%.

One of the major obstacles for Lake is incumbent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who may decide to run as an independent. Hypothetical polls show that if Sinema goes that route, she'll siphon votes from both Lake and Gallego, making it a much tighter race.

Hagerty's endorsement of Lake came just days after the Daily Mail unearthed nothing less than an absolute bombshell regarding a potential attempt by a top Arizona GOP official to bribe Lake to stay out of the election. The news gave Lake a massive boost among Arizona voters.

The outlet noted:

In another noteworthy figure a whopping 70 percent of Arizona's likely voters said they had heard of's scoop that former Arizona GOP Chair Jeff Dewit had tried to bribe Lake out of running for Senate, according to the poll. More respondents said it improved their view of Lake than worsened it, 30 to 15 percent.

Anyone who counted Lake out of the race will certainly have to come to terms with the fact that she's a strong competitor and has a solid chance at pulling out a victory.