by WorldTribune Staff, November 18, 2022
Arizona Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake said on Nov. 17 that her team is “collecting evidence and data” and is still fighting despite having disappeared from the Big Media radar after AP declared victory for Democrat Katie Hobbs.
“I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I am still in this fight with you,” Lake said in a video statement. “Our election officials failed us miserably. What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable. Tens of thousands of Maricopa County voters were disenfranchised.”
The current margin between Hobbs and Lake is 0.6 percent. If it ultimately ends up at 0.5 percent or less, an automatic recount will trigger. Thousands of votes still need to be counted, including more than 16,800 in Maricopa County.
“When we called for Katie Hobbs to recuse herself a year ago, they ridiculed us. It turns out we were right. The fox was guarding the henhouse, and because of that, voters have been disenfranchised,” Lake said.
As secretary of state, Hobbs is the state’s top election official.
“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. I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs. My resolve to fight for you is higher than ever,” Lake said.
Nov. 28 is the cut-off date for counties to certify their election results and then transmit them to the secretary of state’s office.
Caroline Wren, senior adviser to the Lake campaign, said on Thursday: “We start early voting on October 12. Why did 0% of the voting centers encounter tabulation problems during early voting when we know that the Democrats are heavily voting? Why did that number then jump up to 48% of voting centers… on Election Day?”
Hobbs declared victory on Nov. 14, after media outlets including The Associated Press called the race for her.