Kari Lake Election News: Republican visits Mar-a-Lago after vowing to ‘fight’ Arizona results
Kari Lake falsely claims her rival Katie Dobbs never led the race in Arizona
Kari Lake shows no sign of concessions after she was projected to lose the Arizona gubernatorial race to her Democratic rival Katie Hobbs.
The Donald Trump-backed Republican visited his Mar-a-Lago residence on Thursday, days after the former president announced his entry into the 2024 presidential race.
Ms Lake, who dutifully embraced her false narrative of a stolen 2020 election, sought to represent the state that birthed the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement and was at the heart of conspiracy theory-fueled audits after Joe Biden’s victory.
In a video posted to social media on Thursday morning, she told supporters she was “still in this fight” and baselessly claimed that a “broken electoral system” had “deprived” “tens of thousands of voters in the state.
Ms Hobbs told her supporters at a victory rally this week that voters in Arizona chose “to solve our problems over conspiracy theories” and “reason over chaos”.
Kari Lake assembles legal team and launches website after losing election to allege voter suppression
Kari Lake refused to concede in the Arizona gubernatorial race and is instead building a legal team and launching a website to collect alleged voter suppression evidence after his loss.
In a two-minute video posted on social media, the far-right candidate said she had ‘assembled the best and brightest legal team’ to explore ‘all avenues to right the many wrongs that have been done. last week”.
In the past few days, his campaign has posted videos of people claiming to have encountered long lines and problems with ballot processing machines – problems that election officials have admitted affect about a third of centers polling station of Maricopa County, the largest county in the state.
In many videos, people admitted that they were finally able to vote.
But election officials stressed that voters had several options to ensure that their ballots were poured and countedincluding voting at other county polling places — wait times were posted online — or submitting paper ballots in a secure box.
Kari Lake’s allies and the Arizona Republican Party chairman, however, told voters do not use them. Republicans around the country have also questioned the legitimacy of early voting, mail-in voting and the use of ballot boxes, insisting that people only vote in person on Election Day.
Bill Gates, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, blamed Ms. Ward and other GOP officials for spreading baseless allegations and exacerbating delays.
“This team, we have accepted our responsibility in this,” he said on Monday. “But I don’t want to accept responsibility for problems that have been caused by others. And it’s clear to me that those lines were longer because the leaders of a political party were spreading misinformation.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 11:05 p.m.
Attorney General race separated by just 130 votes
Following an update from Maricopa County, Democratic nominee for Attorney General Kris Mayes is leading Republican Abe Hamadeh by just 130 votes.
Ms. Mayes won 1,249,949 votes to Mr. Hamadeh’s 1,249,819 votes, as of 4:30 p.m. ET, according to the secretary of state’s office.
This race is likely heading for an automatic recount, which is triggered when the votes fall below half a percent.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 10:00 p.m.
Election officials debunk ‘corrupt’ election claims
Arizona and Maricopa County in particular are again at the center of right-wing conspiracy theories and allegations of electoral malfeasance as ballots continue to be processed and counted in the battleground state.
Far-right activists like discredited filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza are also revive the allegations of so-called “mules” depositing multiple mail-in ballots into drop boxes, which is legal in Arizona.
Before Election Day, a federal judge even ordered an activist to revoke false claims about the ballot boxes and to post to their social media account what the law says after his group provoked settlers who harassed and filmed voters casting their ballots.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 9:00 p.m.
Katie Hobbs’ lead narrows as more ballots are processed, but Democratic nominee still leads by nearly 17,000 votes
Democratic Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs remains the projected winner of the race, ahead of nearly 17,000 votes as the remaining ballots are processed and counted, with nearly 100% of counties reporting their results .
Ms. Hobbs leads by 16,934 votes, with 1,282,837 votes to Ms. Lake’s 1,265,903 votes, according to figures from the Secretary of State’s office as of 3 p.m. ET Thursday.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 8:01 p.m.
Kari Lake receives standing ovation at right-wing think tank event in Mar-a-Lago: report
Kari Lake traveled to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resident in Florida after his predicted loss in the Arizona governor’s race.
She reportedly received a standing ovation at an event hosted by the America First Policy Institute, a right-wing group formed by Trump allies and former members of his administration. according The Washington Post.
The group’s event on Thursday was to “ensure that policies are prepared and finalized for the new sessions of Congress and the State House.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Kari Lake’s refusal to concede divides GOP factions: report
His decision to pursue his legal options after his loss in the Arizona gubernatorial race has fractured Republicans who want to move away from so-called rampant election denial while his true believers continue to dismiss the race results they have lost.
“Kari Lake lost the race in my opinion. There’s no way for her to have a voice,” former Governor Jan Brewer Told The New York Times this week. “If I was in that position, I would probably concede. Our democracy is so important to what our country and our state stand for. We vote for the people and we vote for the people.
Members of Turning Point USA, the far-right activist group that backed Ms Lake’s campaign, appeared skeptical about what happened next for the candidate.
On a show this week, far-right lawmaker Wendy Rogers told Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk “we wonder now if we were in an echo chamber.”
“I don’t know. I’m just starting to get some perspective.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 7:00 p.m.
“Conservatism wins in Arizona. It’s not crazy’: Analysts ponder GOP losses after Republicans call for party chairman to resign
Kelli Ward, President of the Republican Party of Arizona faces calls to resign after high-profile midterm election losses, including Senate candidate Blake Masters and gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
The Democratic candidates have enjoyed historic success; the state will be represented by a Democratic governor and secretary of state, with two Democratic senators in Congress, defeating far-right candidates who rejected the 2020 presidential election result and promoted baseless claims about the electoral process.
“Conservatism wins in Arizona. Crazy don’t,” according to Chris Bakera Republican political consultant who works on congressional and legislative races in Arizona and elsewhere.
“The Republican Party in Arizona is at a crossroads right now,” he told the Arizona Mirror. “Is this the direction we want to continue in?”
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Lake Kari was reportedly spotted at Mar-a-Lago
Less than two days after Donald Trump announced he would enter the 2024 presidential race, Kari Lake was reportedly seen at his Mar-a-Lago residence.
The former president endorsed Ms Lake, who dutifully embraced her false narrative of a stolen 2020 election, in a stoppage that spawned the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement and was at the heart of bogus audits fueled by theories of the conspiracy after Joe Biden won the state.
Ms Lake has approved her 2024 run.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 5:04 p.m.
Kari Lake refuses to concede, alleging ‘broken electoral system’ that has ‘starved’ voters
Kari Lake told supporters she was “still in this fight” and refused to concede the Arizona gubernatorial race after her predicted loss to Katie Hobbs.
In a video posted to social media on Thursday morning, she claimed a ‘broken electoral system’ had ‘deprived’ ‘tens of thousands’ of voters in an election that also saw incumbent Republican victories and the GOP flipped two seats in the House. All were on the same ballot with her.
Ms Lake essentially said she would not accept the results of an election she lost and suggested her opponents should “cheat even harder to win this.” Just as Trump spent months undermining the election process before his defeat and continued attempt to overturn the results, Ms Lake is now appropriating voter suppression allegations to bolster conspiracy theories about his loss.
“We are exploring all avenues to right the many wrongs that were committed over the past week,” she said.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 4:00 p.m.
Election denier candidate for attorney general trails by just 711 votes
Democratic nominee Kris Mayes leads with just 711 votes in the race for Arizona attorney general, with Republican Abe Hamadeh hoping for a victory after sweeping statewide GOP losses.
If elected, Mr Hamadeh – a Trump loyalist who refused to accept the 2020 election result and was allied with conspiracy theorists Kari Lake and Mark Finchem – would be just one of the few Republicans in the State of Arizona to have won their races this year. .
His loss – along with that of Ms Lake and Mr Finchem – would be a blow to Trump’s stolen false election narrative that has fueled races across the United States.
Alex WoodwardNovember 17, 2022 3:30 p.m.