PHOENIX — If Republican Karrin Taylor Robson fails in her bid to defeat Kari Lake in Arizona’s fast-approaching gubernatorial primary, it won’t be for lack of spending.
Taylor Robson spent nearly $2 million in the first half of July, four times more than Lake, and lent himself an additional $1.85 million, according to pre-primary campaign finance reports.
Taylor Robson loaned her campaign $750,000 on July 5 and $1.1 million on July 8, bringing her total cash flow to $15.2 million, according to her July 1-16 report, which was due for release. delivered to the office of the Arizona Secretary of State on Saturday.
Taylor Robson spent more than $1.9 million for the final required reporting period before the Aug. 2 primary, while Lake spent about $417,000.
This was after Taylor Robson dropped around $10.4 million for Lake’s $1.4 million from April to June.
Across the entire campaign, Taylor Robson spent more than $18.4 million to $3.6 million on Lake.
The new financial reports show the candidates have nearly even cash remaining, with Taylor Robson at $267,000 and Lake at $261,000. But Taylor Robson can probably go to the well for more cash flow during the mad rush to Election Day.
Taylor Robson, who entered the race as a relatively unknown real estate developer and board member from Arizona, used her family wealth to boost her profile and try to nab Lake. Her husband, Ed Robson, 91, amassed a fortune building planned retirement communities.
While the Donald Trump-backed former local TV news anchor has been leading in the polls throughout the race, Taylor Robson has caught up and been embraced by establishment Republicans.
She has endorsed the man she wants to succeed, limited-term Governor Doug Ducey, and campaigned last week alongside former Vice President Mike Pence on the same day Trump rallied to Lake and to its approved candidates in Arizona.