Democrat Katie Hobbs leads Republican Kari Lake in Arizona governor’s race, with just over half of the districts reporting, and while much may change as the votes are counted, the GOP candidate is already casting doubt on the election results.
Lake won the GOP primaries after reinforcing former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election, falsely claiming the election had been rigged and stolen. And while current margins could change dramatically as the votes are counted, Lake suggests without any evidence that there could be problems with Tuesday’s results. (Hobbs, as Secretary of State, rejected efforts by the GOP to undo the results in the 2020 election).
In a speech Tuesday night at her election night headquarters, Lake said she felt like it was “groundhog day.”
“We had November 3, 2020, that was called incompetence 101,” Lake said. She went on to suggest “incompetence” was at play in both the August primaries and Tuesday’s election — a not-so-subtle criticism of her opponent’s oversight of the election. It wasn’t immediately clear what she was talking about, but there is no evidence of widespread fraud.
“We need fair elections and we’re going to bring them to you, Arizona, I assure you. The system we have now is not working,” Lake said. She later told her supporters to be patient and said she was sure she would win.
Hobbs also addressed her donors on Tuesday night, stating that the campaign felt good about what they were seeing.
“I know we’re all eager to know who won each of these incredibly important races, but we’ll have to be patient and wait for every vote to be counted,” she said in a comment as prepared for delivery. “We know that my opponent and her allies have created doubt and confusion during this campaign, and it is unacceptable that they were spreading misinformation today while people were exercising their right to vote.”
All four GOP nominees at the top of the list in Arizona have echoed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. And right-wing media seized the tabulator issues in Maricopa County earlier on Tuesday to raise the idea of fraud — despite promises to the contrary from county officials — in a clear echo of repeated efforts by some conservatives to narrow down Maricopa’s results. 2020 into question.
Arizona is a major battleground for governor and senate this year and is likely to run for president again in 2024, leading to warnings from leading Democratic figures, including former President Barack Obama, that the GOP’s embrace of Trump’s election warnings and conspiracy theories will destroy democracy. would be endangered if they came to power.
Charlie Kirk, the founder and chairman of the right-wing group Turning Point USA, tweeted a false claim about two-hour wait times in Maricopa County, where repeated partisan “audits” took place in 2020. A judge in Maricopa County on Tuesday night rejected an offer by Republicans to extend voting hours by three hours, because there was no evidence that voters could not exercise their right to vote.
Lake has repeatedly said she would not have certified Joe Biden’s 2020 Arizona win.
The former Fox 10 news anchor in Phoenix rose quickly to become one of the most prominent candidates in the 2022 cycle as she and Hobbs vie to replace limited-term Republican government Doug Ducey.
Lake kept a close eye on the Trump playbook on more than just the 2020 election. She vowed to declare an “invasion” at the border — in what she described as an effort to gain more power for the governor’s office. to tackle the migrant crisis – and she called for the arrest of both Dr. Anthony Fauci as her Democratic opponent.
Before announcing her offer, Lake left her anchor job in 2021 — stating she didn’t like the direction journalism was taking — after becoming a household name in Phoenix. In one of her campaign videos, she said she used a sledgehammer for “left-wing lies and propaganda” while destroying television sets with the tools on needle boots.
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She sent out her main opponents with her strong denunciations of the way Democratic leaders are handling the Covid-19 pandemic — calling restrictions such as masking as unnecessary and harmful to children. She welcomed comparisons to Trump until the end of the campaign — claiming at an event that she was elated when an admirer called her “Trump in a dress.”
Hobbs, a former social worker who worked with victims of domestic violence before becoming a state legislator, ran a much low-key and understated campaign, restricting her access to reporters and holding small, intimate events with supporters.
She made democracy and abortion rights her central focus, portraying Lake as an “extreme” and “dangerous” figure who could jeopardize the sanctity of the 2024 presidential election by refusing to certify the results.