Republican Kari Lake leads Democrat Katie Hobbs by 11 points in the Arizona gubernatorial race with less than two weeks left before the midterm elections, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said they would vote for Lake as opposed to 43% who said they would vote for Hobbs, according to the FOX 10 InsiderAdvantage poll.
Only 2% of respondents were undecided, and the new poll shows an 8 percentage-point uptick for Lake compared to an InsiderAdvantage poll from early October that placed the candidates three points apart.
Pollster Matt Towery pointed to Hobbs’ hesitation to debate Lake as a key factor responsible for the large jump, according to InsiderAdvantage.
Despite the newly reported 11-point lead, a recent Trafalgar Group/Daily Wire poll places the candidates within the poll’s 2.9% margin of error at 49.2% Lake to 46.4% Hobbs, and an aggregated poll from RealClearPolitics (RCP) places the candidates 3.2% apart with Lake in the lead.
Earlier this month, Hobbs came under fire for allegedly orchestrating a “slave day” in high school as a student council member at Seton Catholic Preparatory School. During the event, documented in the school’s yearbook, freshman, or “slaves,” would submit to seniors, or “masters.”
Lake has received her share of controversy as many Democrats have critiqued her continued belief that the 2020 election was stolen.
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In a June debate on Arizona PBS, Lake asserted that Biden “lost the election and shouldn’t be in the White House,” calling the election “corrupt.”
This InsiderAdvantage poll was conducted with 550 likely voters from Oct. 24 to 25 with a margin of error of 4.2%.