The Hill reports, Kari Lake declines to concede, says she’s assembling legal team:
Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) declined to concede governor race to Democrat Katie Hobbs Thursday, raising concerns about the election process.
The Associated Press and other outlets projected that Hobbs won the race on Monday. But Lake indicated she is assembling a legal team that is “collecting evidence and data” pertaining to the electoral process.
“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,” Lake said in a video address posted Thursday morning. “I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs.”
NEW VIDEO "Best & brightest legal team… exploring every avenue" etc.: Like Trump, @KariLake won't accept defeat. Facts:
▶️Republican Kim Yee's statewide vote total crushed Lake's by 119K.
▶️Likewise Republican Rachel Mitchell in MariCo: +24K.
▶️Neither on Trump ticket. pic.twitter.com/aJYUyOEVlh
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) November 17, 2022
Seen at Mar-a-Lago: Kari Lake, per a source.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 17, 2022
Note: Any attorney who would agree to represent this sore loser in a bid for a “Stop The Steal” sequel is hardly the “best and brightest,” but rather is an unethical partisan hack like the Republican lawyers who represented Donald Trump in 64 failed lawsuits to overturn the 2020 election. Every one of them should be disbarred.
On multiple occasions, Lake, a Trump-backed candidate, sidestepped questions about whether she would accept the results of her election.
Since Election Day, Lake has called election officials “incompetent,” and shortly after Hobbs was projected as the winner, Lake tweeted: “Arizonans know BS when they see it.”
Lake on Thursday pointed to printing malfunctions in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county that includes Phoenix, calling it “unforgivable” and [falsely] claiming voters were disenfranchised.
Seventy of the county’s 223 voting centers early on Election Day used printers that churned out ballots with ink that was too light for tabulation machines to read, election officials said.
Voters could wait in line until the issue was fixed, cast a ballot at another vote center or deposit their original ballot in a separate, secure box that was sent to the county’s central facility for tabulation.
There were 244k Election Day voters in Maricopa County. Lake trails statewide by a bit more than 17k votes right now.
Lake won about 75% of those ED votes.
At that rate, Lake needs to *prove* that nearly 23,000 voters in Maricopa County were disenfranchised
— Jim Small (@JimSmall) November 17, 2022
I'm sure they'll argue that long lines dissuaded people from voting.
But the voting center model undercuts that argument: Any voter in line could travel to one of the other 223 voting sites, many of which had short or no lines at all.
Precinct voting wouldn't allow that.
— Jim Small (@JimSmall) November 17, 2022
County election officials have repeatedly pushed back on Lake’s allegations, saying no one was denied an opportunity to vote and indicated the issue impacted less than 7 percent of Election Day ballots.
The Lake campaign and Republican groups called for an extension of in-person voting on Election Day in the county just before polls closed, but a state judge rejected the motion, saying he had seen no evidence that a voter was unable to cast a ballot.
“The good news is election administration has built in redundancies — backup plans when things don’t go as planned,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates (D) and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman (R) said in a joint statement last week.
“This enables all valid votes to count even if technology, on occasion, fails,” the statement continued. “Voters impacted by the printer issue had several ways to cast their ballot yesterday, including dropping their completed ballot into a secure box (door 3) on site. Those ballots will be verified as legitimate and then tabulated.”
Some of Lake’s claims were also endorsed by former President Trump, who formally entered the 2024 presidential contest on Tuesday. Lake endorsed Trump in the race.
Lake on Thursday also attacked Hobbs, who serves as Arizona’s secretary of state, for declining to recuse herself from this year’s election proceedings.
You mean like Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp did not recuse himself from his campaign for governor in 2018? And that asshole enacted a bunch of voter suppression measures to keep people from voting in that election to ensure his win (and has as governor). Katie Hobbs has always been about expanding voter access and making it easier to vote.
Hobbs’s office oversees the certification of elections, while the counties handle ballots and submit their tabulations to the office. Doh!
Allie Bones, Hobbs’s deputy, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that the office will never touch ballots from the election.
But Bones added that Hobbs will fulfill a “ministerial act” of signing paperwork signing off on the statewide canvass alongside the signatures of the state’s Republican governor and attorney general.
Oath Keeper insurrectionist Mark Finchem has been posting a lot of conspiracy videos to his social media like “Krazy Kari” Lake has – does he want in on this bogus Stop The Steal sequel lawsuit as well?