Utah Congressman Burgess Owens has endorsed Arizona Republican Kari Lake in the 2024 Senate race.
In a statement provided to the Deseret News, Owens said he was giving Lake a “total endorsement.”
Owens said he hopes to see more lawmakers in Washington, D.C., who are guided by the principles of “faith, family, free markets and education.”
“Having had the pleasure of watching Kari Lake grow into the political force of nature that she is, I can say with confidence that she shares those same values,” he said. “She is a tenacious fighter for the “America First” policies that have made our country great and will make it great again.”
In response, Lake said of Owens, “I am honored to have the endorsement of Rep. Burgess Owens. He is a man of faith and true America First Patriot. I look forward to working with him in Congress to save our country.”
Lake hopes to replace Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat-turned independent who is up for reelection in 2024. Sinema has not said whether she’ll run again.
If Lake wins the Republican nomination, she will likely face Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, who announced in January he would run for the seat.
A recent poll published by The Washington Examiner shows Lake ahead in a hypothetical three-way matchup, with Lake at 37%, Gallego at 33% and Sinema at 19%. If the race were between Lake and Gallego, they are almost evenly matched, according to the same poll.
In 2022, Lake was the Republican nominee in the Arizona governor’s race. She narrowly lost to Gov. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, but she refused to concede the race. Instead, she filed lawsuits over the election results, and has claimed she lost because of election fraud. Her efforts in court have so far been unsuccessful.
She was also sued for defamation by an Arizona election official over her statements about the election.
Since she announced her bid for the Senate earlier this month, Lake has also received endorsements from former President Donald Trump and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso.
Lake was in Utah in September to endorse Senate candidate Trent Staggs, the Republican mayor of Riverton who is running to replace Sen. Mitt Romney.
She said at the time she was “seriously” considering joining the Arizona Senate race.
“We have a chance to get an America First candidate and an America First senator, and I am seriously giving that thought and I’ll probably be making a decision here the next few weeks,” she told the Deseret News.
She said she would “continue with her cases,” and to fight for “fair elections,” even if she runs for U.S. Senate.
“I’m a mom, I’m a multitasker. I can do more than one thing,” she said.