Election denier Kari Lake refuses to admit Arizona governor race she lost | Arizona
Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for Arizona governor, declined to give up her race on Thursday, instead vowing to “keep fighting” in a new video posted to Twitter.
The Associated Press has projected Lake loses the race to Democrat Katie Hobbs. But Lake, who has made election denial a core part of her campaign, has declined to recognize her opponent as a winner.
In the two-and-a-half-minute video, Lake focused on long lines leading up to Election Day polls and falsely said that “tens of thousands” of voters in Maricopa County had been disenfranchised. She suggested legal action and said she had put together the “best and brightest” legal team.
“For two years I have been sounding the alarm about our voting system in Arizona. And this past week has confirmed everything we said,” she said. “Our campaign workers have failed us miserably. What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable.”
There was device malfunctions at approximately a third of Maricopa County polling stations on Election Day, but voters were still able to cast their ballots. By mid-afternoon, officials had found a solution. A district judge also dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republicans to increase voting times.
“We are very confident that every voter had the opportunity to vote and count their votes” said on election day. “No one was disenfranchised today.”
That hasn’t stopped the spread of misinformation about the election. During the first meeting after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors election on Wednesday, speakers called the election a “fraud,” “a farce,” “illegal,” and “a complete disaster.” according to the Arizona Republic.
Lake was one of several election deniers who lost their races last week. Some of those candidates, including Blake Masters, a Republican running for the Arizona Senate, have given up their races. Others, including Mark Finchem, a far-right lawmaker running to be Arizona’s top election official, have refused to back down.