Kari Lake REFUSES to accept losing the Arizona gubernatorial election and says she has hired lawyers
Arizona governor candidate Kari Lake has refused to accept her shock gubernatorial defeat — revealing she is bringing in lawyers to fight it after calling her victorious Democratic rival Katie Hobbs “a fox in the hen house.”
Lake, a high-profile Republican candidate who was tipped as a new star of the MAGA movement, lost her race to Democrat Katie Hobbs and has since suggested voter fraud was the culprit.
The Republican nominee was not ready to accept her defeat, calling Hobbs, who served as Secretary of State and overlooked elections, a “fox in the chicken coop.”
Hobbs served as Arizona Secretary of State until her recent gubernatorial victory. She had broad oversight of the Grand Canyon State election process, with Lake claiming it was inappropriate for her to retain that role while running for Arizona’s highest office.
Arizona was hit with trouble during the recent midterm elections, but so far there is no evidence that it influenced the outcome in Hobbs’ favor.
“I’m still in this fight with you,” Lake said in a video posted to Twitter. “For two years now, I’ve been sounding the alarm about our broken election system here in Arizona — and this past week has confirmed everything we said.
“Well, we called on Katie Hobbs to withdraw over a year ago. They made fun of us. It turns out we were right. The fox guarded the chicken coop, which is why voters are disenfranchised when we raise concerns.”
Lake has hired lawyers to contest the results. Her strong TV appearances gave her a lead in polls ahead of the November 8 election, with a victory over Lake all but certain. Her subsequent loss was one of the biggest setbacks during the midterms, in which other Trump-backed GOP candidates lost, sparking claims that the 45th president is now a political poison.
Kari Lake refuses to accept loss in Arizona gubernatorial race and hired lawyers to review results
Lake, who is a Republican, lost her race to Democratic rival Katie Hobbs (above) and suggested her loss was due to faulty voting machines
Several people lined up in Phoenix, Arizona on November 8 to cast their ballots
Lake, a former news anchor who supports Trump’s 2020 vote-rigging allegations, said there were “tens of thousands” of voters in Maricopa County who had lost their right to vote.
She gave an example of a man who had to wait three hours because of faulty tabulators.
“He drove another 15 minutes and was finally able to cast his vote,” Lake said. “But he’s not sure it counts. Our election officials have failed us miserably.”
The Republican nominee does not appear to be stepping down any time soon, saying that “the battle to save our republic has just begun.”
Meanwhile, her hired legal team searches for answers to potentially faulty voting machines.
“Rest assured, I have assembled the best and brightest legal team and we are exploring every opportunity to right the many mistakes made over the past week,” Lake said. “I am doing everything I can to right these wrongs. My determination to fight for you is greater than ever.
Lake said there were “tens of thousands” of disenfranchised voters in Maricopa County. She hired a lawyer to review the election results
Trump also questioned the result, saying they “took the election away from her,” just hours before he will announce his third presidential nomination in Mar-a-Lago.
Lake claimed earlier on Monday that she was deprived of the opportunity to serve as the state’s next governor. She wrote on Twitter, “Arizonas know BS when they see it.”
The gubernatorial nominee was endorsed by Donald Trump – who claimed the election had been taken from her.
Trump added fuel to the fire on Truth Social, where he posted, “Wow! They just took the election away from Kari Lake. It’s really bad there!’
Lake made Joe Biden’s denial of the 2020 presidential election victory a key tenet of her campaign, saying she would not have endorsed his victory had she been at the governor’s mansion at the time.
Her caustic attacks on journalists and election officials, including the Republicans who headed key departments in hotly contested Maricopa County, earned her praise from the GOP grassroots.
But they also sparked warnings that she was causing trouble in a country still reeling from the January 2021 attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.
The hard-fought gubernatorial race between Lake and Hobbs was one of the most important in the general election, as Arizona is a battlefield state and is expected to play a central role in the 2024 U.S. presidential election.
Lake had vowed to ban state mail-in voting, which conspiracy theorists falsely claim is vulnerable to fraud, fueling voter mistrust about the security of a voting method used by hundreds of thousands of Americans.