Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake proclaimed on Nov. 19 that she will become governor, after the state attorney general’s office demanded explanations about alleged Election Day problems in the state’s largest county.
As of the morning of Nov. 20, Lake was trailing Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by about 18,000 votes. Last week, Hobbs declared victory in the race.
Lake, a former anchor for FOX10 in Phoenix, told the Mail that she believes “at the end of the day, this will be turned around.”
“I don’t know what the solution will be but I still believe I will become governor, and we are going to restore honesty to our elections,” she said.
“Now I’m busy here collecting evidence and data. Rest assured I have assembled the best and brightest legal team. And we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week,“ she said. ”I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs. My resolve to fight for you is higher than ever.”
Arizona AG InvestigationOn Nov. 19, Wright wrote to Maricopa County about printer problems on Election Day, which reportedly sparked confusion among voters. Maricopa County official Bill Gates and Recorder Stephen Richer on Nov. 8 told reporters that a printer issue was to blame and instructed affected voters to place their ballots in drop boxes.
“These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law,” Wright wrote. “Furthermore, statements made by both Chairman Gates and Recorder Richer, along with information Maricopa County released through official modes of communication appear to confirm potential statutory violations of title 16.”
Hobbs declared victory earlier in the week after The Associated Press and other news outlets called the race for her.
“Our job is to find the people who are, whether they’re Democrat, independent, Republican ... that reflect Arizona, reflect the diversity of Arizona, and can help deal with some of the challenges that the administration will face,” spokesman Mike Haener said.
In the leadup to the election, Hobbs faced criticism from Lake and other Republicans for not recusing herself from handling the state’s election duties. Two former Arizona secretaries of state had told Time magazine that she should have stepped away from those duties.
“Elected secretaries of state in Arizona have overseen elections where they’re on the ballot since statehood. This has never been an issue until now,” Hobbs told CNN several weeks ago.