Republican Kari Lake, who lost her bid to be Arizona’s governor last month, has lost again – this time in her attempt to overturn her election loss.
Lake, a former Phoenix news anchor, lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by around 17,000 votes. She’s spent the last six weeks grousing that it’s “unimaginable” that the first time candidate could lose her race, and maintains only “voter fraud” could be responsible.
But a state judge ruled Team Lake failed to provide evidence to support her claims.
Breaking News: An Arizona judge has dismissed Kari Lake’s last-ditch effort to overturn her defeat in the governor’s race. https://t.co/ce6zDfw7fs
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 24, 2022
From the New York Times:
A state judge on Saturday rejected Kari Lake’s last-ditch effort to overturn her defeat in the Arizona governor’s race, dismissing for lack of evidence her last two claims of misconduct by Maricopa County election officials.
Ms. Lake and her supporters conjured up what they called a deliberate effort by election officials in Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, to disenfranchise her voters.
But they never provided evidence of such intentional malfeasance, nor even evidence that any voters had been disenfranchised.
Ms. Lake has said she would appeal an unfavorable decision.
Ms. Lake, a former Phoenix television news anchor, lost by around 17,000 votes to Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who is the Arizona secretary of state.
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) December 24, 2022
Good though not unexpected news. Kari Lake is as phony as they get, her lawsuit as frivolous as any. https://t.co/M8JcZeZRHk
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 24, 2022
Unsurprising. Kari Lake’s lawsuit was a stunt to fool gullible supporters. It was never going anywhere. https://t.co/0JldYkj3io
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 24, 2022