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98% in; Kari Lake expected to lose AZ gov.; may recount; military intervention wanted by some supporters

Kari Lake (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
November 15, 2022

Republican Kari Lake is projected to lose her race for Arizona governor to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Associated Press reported.

Lake trailed Hobbs by a very narrow margin Tuesday morning with 98 percent of votes reported, according to Associated Press results. If the margin continues to narrow, it could trigger a recount: Arizona law dictates automatic recounts at a difference of .5 percent or less.

Lake was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and supported his claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Her projected loss follows the defeat of several other Trump-aligned election deniers in the midterm elections that concluded Nov. 8.

She previously dodged the question of whether she would accept the results of her race, the New York Times reported. As her race was called Monday night, Lake tweeted, “Arizonans know BS when they see it.”

She seized on an Election Day printing malfunction that slowed down voting in about a quarter of polling places in Arizona’s most populous county as evidence of “incompetent people running the show,” AP reported.

During that speech, she said, “We will take the victory when it comes.”

“I said to [God], you make this victory come whatever way you want,” she said. “If it comes decisive on Election Day, then bring it to us that way. If we have to fight through the B.S. and the garbage, then we will fight through the B.S. and the garbage.”

A video posted on Sunday appears to show a group of Lake supporters casting doubt on the election.

“We the people are requesting the military to step in and redo our election,” one protestor says. “It was fake and false.”

On Truth Social, Trump called the Arizona election “tainted”, later adding, “Wow! They just took the election away from Kari Lake. It’s really bad out there!”

Republican candidates in Arizona’s attorney general and secretary of state races also doubted the 2020 election. The attorney general race remains too close to call, while the secretary of state went to Democrats.