Defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake met with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday, two people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
The meeting comes as Lake is considering a run for the Senate in Arizona. Caroline Wren, a senior adviser to Lake, confirmed the meeting, saying it lasted about an hour and that the topics of discussion included the differences between running a Senate and a gubernatorial campaign.
Asked if the meeting got Lake any closer to making a decision about a Senate run, Wren said: “I don’t think so. I think it was more listening.”
In a brief interview in the halls of the Senate as she visited members like Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Lake said she was in town for the National Prayer Breakfast but demurred on how seriously she was weighing a run.
The NRSC meets with many candidates and potential candidates for office and doing so shows no sign of preference on behalf of the committee.
But in Republican circles, including in Arizona, there are fears of Lake entering the race for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema‘s seat after Sinema defected from the Democratic Party to be an Independent.
Lake is a conservative firebrand closely associated with former President Donald Trump. She has been litigating her gubernatorial loss in Arizona, contesting without evidence that the final results were marred by fraud. A number of Arizona Republicans, including failed Senate candidate Blake Masters, are also considering a run for Senate.
Lake is also set to travel to Iowa next Friday for a meet and greet with the Scott County Republican Women.