Most media outlets called the Arizona gubernatorial race on Monday, nearly a week after the election, in favor of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate in that contest who, coincidentally, also oversaw the counting of the ballots in her own race that was marred with voting machine malfunctions and other irregularities.
Republican candidate Kari Lake has cried foul over the whole process and refused to concede defeat, and instead insisted on Thursday that she is “still in this fight,” the Daily Caller reported.
Lake’s refusal to accept defeat and vow to keep fighting in the governor’s race shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, given that she appeared to have dismissed the reported results on Monday as “BS.”
“I am still in this fight”
In a video posted to her followers on social media Thursday morning, Lake said, “I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I am still in this fight with you. For two years I’ve been sounding the alarm about our broken election system here in Arizona, and this past week has confirmed everything we’ve been saying.”
Arizona, we are still in the fight. pic.twitter.com/ytaGvqG5J0
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 17, 2022
“When we called for Katie Hobbs to recuse herself a year ago, they ridiculed us,” she continued. “It turns out we were right. The fox was guarding the henhouse, and because of that, voters have been disenfranchised.”
“When we raised concerns and I filed a lawsuit months ago to get rid of the electronic voting machines, they said we were crazy,” Lake said. “Well, it turns out we were right. On Election Day, nearly half of all polling locations had problems with tabulating machines and printers.”
“Doing everything in my power to right these wrongs”
PJ Media reported that Lake went on to note that the widespread voting machine malfunctions, primarily in Maricopa County, caused long lines that forced voters to wait for many hours, travel to different locations to cast a ballot, drop their unscanned ballots in a special box, or simply not exercise their right to vote at all.
“Now I’m busy here collecting evidence and data,” Lake said. “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.”
She concluded, “I can promise you one thing — this fight to save our Republic has just begun.”
Biased election officials
In addition to the voting machine malfunctions and long lines that may have disenfranchised some voters, as well as Hobbs’ refusal to recuse herself from overseeing her own race, it has also been revealed that top Republican election officials in Maricopa County were biased and had established a PAC dedicated to opposing and preventing the election of “MAGA” candidate like Lake, who proudly supports and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
There are multiple reasons to be skeptical of the reported results of Arizona’s gubernatorial race, and Lake has every right to contest those questionable results through legal avenues, which it appears that she intends to do.