Affirmed as Arizona Governor Kari Lake, who promoted Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being stolen from him, refuses to admit her election loss.
According to multiple reports, an Arizona judge has rejected Republican Kari Lake’s attempt to overturn her election loss in the Arizona Governor’s race, confirming Democrat Katie Hobbs as the winner of last month’s election.
Lake, a staunch Trump supporter who has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from him, claimed that problems with ballot printers at some polling locations were the result of intentional misconduct.
According to the Associated Press, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson found no evidence to support such a claim. Thompson was appointed by Republican former Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the outlet.
Lake, who vowed to appeal in a Twitter statement, has repeatedly claimed she was cheated out of victory, even after the election was certified on December 5. Rather than accepting defeat, she filed a lawsuit against both Hobbs and Maricopa County.
According to The Washington Post, Lake’s attorney stated that “hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected the Maricopa County election.”
Thompson’s ruling determined, “The Court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in place of clear and convincing evidence,” according to the AP.
According to the former television news anchor’s attorneys, the printing problems caused the ink on the ballots to be too light to read, causing the line for those waiting to vote to grow longer and longer. While Thompson acknowledged the “anger and frustration” of voters who were inconvenienced by the problems, he stated that tossing out election results “has never been done.”
He continued, “But it is not only the Court’s responsibility to listen to public outcry. Its purpose is to expose Plaintiff’s claims and Defendants’ actions to the light of the courtroom and legal scrutiny.”