As the state waits for the results of the midterm elections, resolute ‘America First’ supporter and Republican candidate for governor of Arizona Kari Lake told her followers that people are “tired of shoddy elections run by imbeciles.”
Democrat Katie Hobbs and Lake, one of Donald Trump’s most prominent election integrity contenders, are tied for first place in the race for governor. But Hobbs’ hold on authority is eroding, and Lake is prepared to claim victory.
Arizona is a key battleground state that might decide which party holds Congress; however, according to Lake, it might take Democrats a few days to accept the inevitable.
In the days and weeks ahead, a potential legal battle is still brewing, according to some media reports, as the final batches of votes are counted.
“The Lake campaign has made clear it is prepared to pursue legal action over the election, potentially over the counting of ballots and the observation of that process, according to sources familiar with the matter. A member of Lake’s legal team who requested anonymity tells TIME that “a subject matter of a lawsuit” could be “the counting of the ballots and the monitoring of the counting.” They wouldn’t say whether any specific suits were planned as of yet,” TIME reported, adding:
“Such an action could ultimately focus on the final batch of ballots—roughly 275,000 mail ballots that were delivered in person on Election Day—that will be counted on Thursday and published later that evening.”
The Hobbs campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, issued a statement saying, “We’ve said from the beginning that this was going to be a tight race,”
Arizona Secretary of State Hobbs remained in the lead over Lake as of Wednesday night with just over 13,000 votes yet to be tabulated. On Tuesday night, Hobbs seized the initiative after winning the early mail-in ballots by a margin of almost 14 percentage points. Then, thanks to Lake’s advantage with voters who cast their ballots in person on Election Day, the margin was narrowed.
Thus, there are approximately 275,000 ballots from Arizonans who cast absentee ballots but who either dropped off or received their ballots by mail on Election Day. Democrats, Independents, and Republicans were anticipated to receive an equal number of votes, according to an Arizona election official familiar with the situation who asked to remain anonymous because they were not permitted to speak about the governor’s race.
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Lake campaign retweeted a tweet Wednesday evening about the vote tabulation machine errors in one huge AZ county:
“MESSAGE FROM BOS: To impacted voters, we recognize this isn’t how you pictured Election Day & we apologize for that inconvenience. We are committed to counting all legal votes and then finding the root cause of what happened so that it does not happen again.”
Arizona Republicans are banking on those ballots leaning toward Lake. They say that many Republicans stayed on the absentee voter rolls after 2020 but weren’t comfortable mailing in their ballots or voting early. It’s a trend that remains a legacy of former President Donald Trump’s bashing of voting by mail as being rife with fraud, despite no substantial evidence to support that claim, which he became especially vocal about two years ago, as many states expanded mail voting to facilitate elections amid the pandemic. CONTINUE READING…