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Former U.S. Spokesman Matt Salmon on Wednesday backed Republican Arizona governor candidate Karrin Taylor Robson over his former TV news personality Curry Lake, a day after Salmon withdrew his own primary bid for governor.

Salmon resigned after deciding he had no chance of winning the GOP primary and said he did not want to drain votes from Robson.

Lake was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is widely regarded as a race front runner. But Robson was fascinated by winning support from traditional Republicans and GOP groups and pouring money into advertising efforts over the months.

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Salmon announced his endorsement of Robson on KTAR Radio’s Mike Broomhead Show.

“I’m going to work my tail off to get Karrin Taylor Robson elected governor of Arizona because with all the challenges we have as a state … I believe we can’t be wrong,” he said. Said.

  Karin Taylor Robson is backed by former US Rep. Matt Salmon.

Karin Taylor Robson is backed by former US envoy Matt Salmon.
(Currin for Arizona Campaign via AP)

Salmon said major campaign issues such as border security, K-12 education and water supply were “unbelievable existential issues for us as a state”.

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“And I believe we need to have somebody hat that has a track record of actually getting things done,” Salmon said. “We can trust someone like Karin Taylor Robson to be a true conservative.”

Backing Salmon Lake and Robson is a developer who resigned from the board that oversees Arizona’s three public universities when she decided to run for the Republican nomination for governor.

Primary ballots for the Aug. 2 primary will be mailed next Wednesday, and Salmon’s name will still appear on them. Two lesser-known Republicans also appear on the ballot.

Lake, Robeson and candidates Paula Tulliani Jenn and Scott Neely are set to participate in a televised debate Wednesday evening sponsored by Arizona’s Clean Elections Commission. The debate will air on Arizona PBS at 5 p.m

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Term limits prevent incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey from running again in 2022. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and former Nogales Mayor Marco Lopez are seeking the Democratic nomination.