Kari Lake falsely claims rival Katie Dobbs has never led in Arizona race
Kari Lake shows no sign of giving in more than two days after Arizona’s gubernatorial race was declared in favor of her Democratic rival Katie Hobbs.
The Trump-backed Republican took to Twitter Wednesday night to share a video featuring Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” over several clips of herself on the campaign trail.
It was the latest sign that Ms Lake will challenge the election results, with Ms Hobbs declared the winner on Monday evening with 50.4 per cent of the vote to her opponent’s 49.6 per cent.
Ms. Lake immediately denied her expected loss in one of the nation’s most-watched midterm races, calling the results “BS” and “fail”.
As she gathered supporters to join her race-call challenge, fewer than 20 protesters showed up for a demonstration outside Arizona’s capital on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ms. Hobbs concluded that voters “solve our problems over conspiracy theories” and chose “common sense over chaos”.
ICYMI: Trump rarely admits to the GOP’s lackluster mid-term performance
The twice-deposed former president who fomented an attack on the U.S. Capitol to overturn the 2020 election appeared to admit Tuesday night that the party, entranced by its false allegations of voter fraud, did not fare as well in midterm elections.
Nearly every candidate he supported at the state level in battlefield states he lost and then challenged was defeated.
His endorsed senate candidates in the battleground states of Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania also failed.
“There is a lot of criticism that the Republican Party should have done better and, frankly, a lot of this accusation is justified,” he said. “But the citizens of our country have not yet realized the full extent and severity of the pain our nation is going through and the total effect of the suffering is only beginning to sink in.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 1:00 PM
Kari Lake swears ‘I won’t back down’ in moody video
Kari Lake has dropped another hint that she will contest her election loss to Katie Hobbs.
During her campaign, the Trump-backed Republican repeatedly declined to say whether she would accept results that did not declare her governor of Arizona.
In the three days since the race for Democrat Ms. Hobbs was declared, Ms. Lake has shown no signs of intent to concede as she labeled the results “BS” and “failed”.
On Wednesday night, she took to Twitter to share a new video suggesting an official legal battle over the outcome.
The video features the Tom Petty classic “I Won’t Back Down” over slow-motion clips of her on the campaign track.
Megan BladesNov 17, 2022 12:25 PM
ICYMI: Supreme Court rejects Arizona GOP chairman’s attempt to block January 6 committee phone records
Arizona GOP chairman Kelli Ward, whose party failed to do well in the statewide election, likely has her phone records in the hands of the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
She was one of so-called “alternate voters” in a scheme to falsely declare Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The plot was based on a false legal theory involving a series of fraudulent certificates from key states that were at least falsely claimed Mr. Trump’s Electoral College votes.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the commission the green light to access those documents.
Republican officials in Arizona are demanding Ms. Ward resign after the party loses races for governor, attorney general and U.S. senate.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Arizona GOP campaigned with “nothing but vitriol and anger and discontent,” the former chairman says
Arizona’s Republican Party is under pressure to field many different candidates after losing races for governor, secretary of state and US senate with candidates relying on extremist rhetoric, anti-democratic agendas and Donald Trump.
A former state party chairman told Arizona NBC affiliate 12News that Republicans “forgot that one of the jobs is to inspire people, to teach them why we believe the Republican values and principles.
“What happens is people get exhausted. When you have negative messages, people just get tired of it,” said Robert Graham. “It’s like a little brother teasing you every day. Pretty soon you turn around and just say, “Stop. You can’t do this.’ And that’s what happened.”
He suggested that Kelli Ward, the current state party chairman who is also under investigation by the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, campaigned with “nothing but vitriol and anger and dissatisfaction with how things have been” and “nothing did to inspire people or bring people together.”
“That’s where you lose,” said Mr. Graham. “There was no continuity through messaging. And I think Kelli Ward should be held accountable for that.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 11:00 am
Voices: ‘Trump’s 2024 announcement proves it – he’s the weakest and most desperate he’s ever been’
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 10:00 am
GOP mega donor splits with Trump: time for ‘new generation of leaders’
An influential conservative donor announced Tuesday that he was not supporting Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, a position that shows how deep the rifts within the GOP can run after last week’s midterms.
“America does better when its leaders are rooted in today and tomorrow, not today and yesterday,” Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman said in a statement to Axios.
“It’s time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries,” he added.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 09:00
ICYMI: A small group of Kari Lake supporters hold a protest against the state house
A small but vocal group of Kari Lake supporters who refused to accept the outcome of the governor’s race gathered outside the Arizona state capitol on Tuesday.
About 15 people gathered at the statehouse and waved flags emblazoned with pro-Trump messages and “SOS.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 8:00 AM
Election deniers failed overwhelmingly in 2022. The candidates who beat them braced for 2024
Voters turned down Republicans in critical state-level races that revolve around false election narratives and endless grievances.
After defeating them, newly elected officials warn that the GOP movement of Trump loyalists and conspiracy theorists is not over.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 07:00
ICYMI: Kari Lake Campaign Accuses Arizona Election Officials of Organizing ‘Third World Elections’
Kari Lake has not conceded in the race for Arizona governor, and her campaign has shared videos of people accusing election officials and pollsters of crimes.
Her campaign’s “war room” Twitter account has accused her opponent and current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, as well as Maricopa County election officials, of holding a “third world election” that is “creating an entire generation of new ‘election deniers’.”
Videos shared by the campaign show voters detailing problems with ballot processing machines, which election officials had admitted were a problem as technical difficulties led to delays and frustrations.
There was a solution: Voters could deposit their ballots in a secure box at any polling place used for that exact problem. “Box 3” boxes have been the subject of conspiracy theories and rampant speculation, suggesting that the ballots have been completely discarded.
But some of Ms. Lake’s key allies told voters not to trust them, including state GOP chairman Kelli Ward:
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 05:00
ICYMI: Damaging letter from Arizona GOP official demanding resignation of state party chairman
Led by the Arizona GOP’s Kelli Ward, the 2022 midterm elections will be the first in nearly 50 years that Republicans have lost a majority of the races statewide.
Karrin Taylor Robson, a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, called for Ms Ward’s resignation.
“Kelli Ward’s leadership of the Republican Party has been an unmitigated disaster,” she wrote in a scathing letter Tuesday.
“For the good of the party she claims to love, and for the future of the state we all cherish, Kelli Ward must do the right thing,” she added. “Kelli Ward Must Resign as President of the Arizona Republican Party.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 03:00