Kari Lake, Arizona’s unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial nominee for 2022, insisted on Saturday that her failed lawsuit revealed “evidence” showing elections “are being held outside of the law” — and vowed to appeal.
Maricopa County Chief Justice Peter Thompson, originally appointed in 2010 by former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, ruled against Lake’s allegations. The Trump-backed candidate initially filed 10 counts to prevent her Democratic opponent, governor-elect Katie Hobbs, from taking office. However, Thompson only let two go to court.
In a Saturday decision, Thompson ruled that Lake’s attorneys had failed to present “clear and compelling” evidence of wrongdoing by election officials. The failed GOP candidate had previously claimed that she believed she actually won the election by 400,000 to 500,000 votes – although there was no evidence to support this.
“My election case has provided the world with evidence proving that our elections are outside the law. This judge did not rule in our favor. However, to restore trust and honesty in our election, I will be appealing his verdict,” Lake wrote in a Twitter post shortly after the judge’s verdict was released.
news week reached out to Lake’s press contacts for further comments.
It must be noted that the poll workers themselves have been certified by both plaintiff and defendant witnesses as performing their role with integrity. Not perfect, as no system on earth is perfect, but more than adequate to meet the law and conduct a valid election,” Thompson wrote in his ruling.
The judge also wrote that “sanctions” would be considered against Lake’s team.
Just like former President Donald Trump after his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden, Arizona GOP candidates have made unsubstantiated claims that their losses were due to voter fraud. Lake, who has garnered significant support from Trump and his allies, has repeatedly claimed her Democratic opponent’s victory was invalid.
On Friday, Mohave County Judge Lee Jantzen ruled against a lawsuit filed by former GOP nominee for Arizona Attorney General Abraham Hamadeh, who like his Republican peers had challenged midterm election results on charges of voter fraud, the Associated Press reported.
Last week, former GOP nominee for Secretary of State Mark Finchem’s electoral lawsuit was also dismissed by Maricopa County Judge Melissa Julian, who wrote in her ruling that none of Finchem’s allegations against Hobbs, the outgoing Secretary of State, “represents”. misconduct” is sufficient to survive termination.”
Despite claims by Trump and some Arizona Republicans, no evidence has been unearthed to support claims of widespread voter fraud in the state or across the country. On the contrary, audits and recounts have repeatedly confirmed the election results. Additionally, many Republican lawmakers and election officials have repeatedly debunked and discredited the claims made by Trump and Lake.
Nonetheless, Lake continues to double down on the claims. In recent remarks during an event at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the Republican claimed she was likely to win her lawsuit.
“We’re in the middle of a lawsuit right now, and it’s the strongest lawsuit — the strongest electoral lawsuit the country has ever seen,” she said at the time.
Hobbs narrowly defeated Lake by a margin of more than 17,000 votes. The Democratic governor-elect received 50.3 percent of the vote versus 49.7 percent for Republicans.
https://www.newsweek.com/kari-lake-insists-her-failed-lawsuit-proves-election-fraud-1769515 Kari Lake insists her failed lawsuit ‘proves’ voter fraud