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Kari Lake sues Arizona election officials over loss of gubernatorial race

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Republican Kari Lake, who lost the Arizona gubernatorial race, sued state election officials on Friday, challenging the vote count and certification of the midterm elections and asking a court to declare her the winner.

Lake, who drew national attention for supporting former President Donald Trump’s false claims about 2020 voter fraud, was set to file a lawsuit after Arizona’s election results were certified on Monday.

The suit targets Lake’s opponent, Governor-elect Katie Hobbs (D), who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state, as well as senior officials in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county. As Secretary of State, Hobbs certified the Arizona election results.

In the 70-page lawsuit, Lake asks the Maricopa County Superior Court for an order “declaring Kari Lake the winner of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election,” or alternatively dismissing the election results. and forcing the county to conduct a new election.

Lake is the most prominent election denier to challenge her own loss in the midterm elections. Most of the others who lost admitted defeat.

Even before the start of the midterm vote, Lake refused to say she would accept the results of the gubernatorial election unless she won. She described the race as “sloppy” before she was called.

The lawsuit repeats unsubstantiated claims Lake previously made about the Maricopa County election and alleges that Hobbs and county officials “broken” public confidence in the election process.

Hobbs’ campaign called the lawsuit unfounded, saying it was a “desperate attempt to undermine our democracy and cast aside the will of voters.”

“The people of Arizona made their voices heard and elected Katie Hobbs as governor. No nuisance lawsuit will change that,” the Hobbs campaign said in a statement on Twitter.

Like Trump, Lake has sought to sow doubt in the election results via social media, asking users to share their accounts of voting issues in Maricopa County. She shared stories of some voters who had to line up to vote due to a printing error.

“The Election Day debacle…prevents[s] the defendants in this action to certify Hobbs as the winner of the election,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit relies in part on those claims, alleging “illegal” votes and claiming that Republican voters were “disenfranchised.” According to a report by election officials, there is no evidence that voters were unable to vote because of the mechanical problem.

A leaked call last month showed lawyers for his campaign and the Republican National Committee interviewed a Maricopa County attorney, which includes Phoenix, about perceived voting issues. After his loss, advisers urged Lake not to claim the election was stolen, like Trump did in 2020, The Washington Post reported.

Lake is also asking judges to order a “forensic examination” into what the lawsuits list as problems on Election Day, to dismiss any invalid ballots, and to allow him to inspect county ballots. Maricopa.

Lake’s attorney and campaign did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Post on Friday.

Meryl Kornfield contributed to this report.



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