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The battery can still be too low to operate the starter but allow the lights to work, so be sure the battery is good, then check your cables at both ends for any corrosion and check the starter and solenoid.
Okay then check for power coming out of the power distribution box under the hood to the ignition switch.
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Not asking about fuses, I'm talking about power going to the ignition switch.
Then the wire from the ignition switch to the solenoid is bad, or the problem is the ignition switch itself.