Arizona gubernatorial election: Lake fails with election challenge

Status: 12/25/2022 01:52 AM

A court has dismissed Republican Lake’s allegations of irregularities in the Arizona gubernatorial election. Lake said he would appeal the decision.

Republican candidate Carrie Lake, who lost the Arizona gubernatorial elections in November and with the support of former President Donald Trump, failed to appeal the election results. In his ruling, seen by AFP, Judge Peter Thompson said the court did not find “clear and convincing evidence of wrongdoing” that affected the outcome of the November election, as Lake had previously claimed.

Thompson, who also endorsed the victory of election winner Katie Hobbs, said the Arizona court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in lieu of clear and convincing evidence. Lake announced on Twitter that it will appeal the decision.

An attempt to arouse suspicion

The 53-year-old lost the gubernatorial election to Democrat Hobbs, who defeated her Republican rival, a staunch Trump supporter, by 17,117 votes. Lake, who said she believed “100 percent” she would win the election, persistently tried after the vote to raise doubts about the correct course of the election. Among other things, she cited problems with voting machines in the Maricopa borough, where lines formed in front of some polling stations on Election Day. According to the responsible authorities, no one was prevented from voting.

The district, which includes Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix, was already under intense scrutiny over unsubstantiated allegations of vote-rigging in the 2020 presidential election. At the time, Biden had won Arizona by a tiny margin of 10,000 votes over Trump – Which left Lake in doubt about her campaign in November. Despite her defeat in the elections, GOP insiders as well as media experts believe that the former TV presenter has a good chance in the race for the White House in the future.


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