Losing Republican nominee Kari Lake filed a lawsuit against several Arizona gubernatorial officials. The lawsuit alleges that “illegal ballots” were cast during the poll and that long lines prevented Republicans from voting.
Lake: Biden won by cheating
Lake lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs in the early November election. The result was formally confirmed earlier this week. Lake has been endorsed by ex-President Donald Trump and is among those who have repeated his unsubstantiated claim that Joe Biden won the presidential election through massive fraud. The Republican had already refused to say before the gubernatorial election whether she would accept the election result if she lost in Arizona.
Former TV presenter Kari Lake liked to appear with ex-President Donald Trump during the election campaign
To this day, Lake has not admitted defeat. While the count was still going on, she claimed to have won. Before the election, Lake was seen as something of a shooting star among Republicans. Trump also raised allegations of fraud on his online platform Truth Social in mid-November. “You just took the election away from Kari Lake. It’s really bad out there,” he wrote.
It was expected that the 53-year-old would now legally defend himself against the result. Her lawsuit is also directed against election winner Hobbs, who has previously been responsible for conducting elections in the state government as Secretary of State.
Republican wanted to abolish postal voting
During her election campaign, the Republican announced that she would ban postal voting in Arizona. Conspiracy theorists keep falsely claiming that postal voting is susceptible to fraud. In doing so, Lake fueled voters’ distrust in the security of voting by mail – a voting method used by hundreds of thousands of Americans.
“Kari Lake needs attention like a fish needs water,” local media quoted Hobbs’ office as saying. The election was safe and fair. Arizona is considered a contested state in the USA, which has changed more and more from a once republican stronghold in favor of the Democrats.
nob/AR (dpa, ap)