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For Kari Lake, it was a ‘blowout’ win — or maybe it was suspicious

Kari Lake leads Karrin Taylor Robson by a little over 11,000 votes, with an uncertain number still to count. Ruben Navarrette: Few candidates for office this year have been as energetic as Lake in amplifying Trump's false claims about widespread election fraud. He says Lake was prepared for the possibility that she might similarly lose because of “fraud,” which is to say that she may similarly lose. Yet here she is, subject to the same normal process that Trump endured in 2020. Navarro: The difference, of course, is that Lake took the lead as votes were counted. Trump lost his lead — and his fraud obsession was born. Lake seems likely to prevail. Still, she seems to prevail

Julian Zelizer: Lake's team declared on Twitter that the result “isn’t a win. It’s a blowout.” Zelizer says it's a bold statement for a candidate with less than 50 percent of the vote who leads by less than two percentage points. He says it sets the stage for Lake to potentially present any shift in Robson's favor as illicit or fraudulent.