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Kari Lake Files Lawsuit Challenging Her Defeat In Arizona

Kari Lake Files Lawsuit Challenging Her Defeat In Arizona – Kari Lake, the Republican candidate who lost the Arizona governor’s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, has filed a formal challenge to her loss, asking a court to throw out certified election results from the state’s most populous county and either declare her the winner or rerun the election for governor in that county.

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The complaint filed by Lake late on Friday focuses on long lines and other obstacles voters encountered on election day in Maricopa County. There is no evidence to support the claim that hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast illegally, as stated in the challenge filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Lake has refused to admit that Hobbs defeated her by a margin of over 17,000 votes. The gubernatorial candidate endorsed by Donald Trump has filled Maricopa county with complaints, the majority of which are connected to a problem with printers at some voting centers that caused ballots to be produced with marks that were too faint for the on-site tabulators to read.

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Lines backed up at various polling locations, prompting Republican worries that some of their supporters were unable to vote, despite the fact that there is no evidence to suggest this altered the outcome. According to county officials, everyone was able to vote, and all valid ballots have been counted.

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Hobbs in a post on her Twitter account called the lawsuit “Lake’s latest desperate attempt to undermine our democracy and throw out the will of the voters.” She posted a statement from her campaign manager that called the lawsuit a “sham” and said her camp remained focused on “getting ready to hit the ground running on Day One of Katie Hobbs’ administration.” Lake’s lawsuit says Republicans were disproportionately affected by the problems in Maricopa county because they outvoted Democrats on election day 3-1. GOP leaders had urged their voters to wait until election day to vote.

Lake filed a public records lawsuit against Maricopa County in late November, requesting election-related materials. She sought to identify voters who may have had difficulty casting a ballot, such as those who checked in at several voting centers or who returned a mail ballot and also checked in at a polling location.

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Hobbs in her role as secretary of state has petitioned a court to begin an automatic statewide recount required by law in three races decided by less than half a percentage point. The attorney general election was one of the closest in state history, with Democrat Kris Mayes beating Republican Abe Hamadeh by only 510 votes out of 2.5 million cast. The contests for superintendent of public instruction and a state legislative seat in the suburbs of Phoenix will also be recounted, but the margins are significantly bigger.

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