Kari Lake probably won’t succeed in overturning the election, admits Charlie Kirk

According to Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is unlikely to succeed in her lawsuit challenging the results of the recent election.

Lake, a Republican who was backed by former President Donald Trump, has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the election in which she was defeated by Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

“I think it’s unlikely that a judge would step in and reverse the current state of affairs,” Kirk told conservative network OAN in a note shared on Twitter by PatriotTakes, which bills itself as “researchers monitoring and exposing right-wing extremism.”

Kari Lake speaks to the media
Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks to the media following the vote November 08, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Lake has legally challenged her election defeat.
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“I’d like that,” Kirk said. “I’d like to see snap elections, but I also want to make sure people don’t have unrealistic hopes. It’s an injustice what happened to Kari Lake. It is wrong. I believe it is illegal to sabotage and ambush the administration of an election like the one we have seen.”

Kirk added that it would be a “Herculean effort” to successfully challenge the election result.

Lake says she won by a margin of 500,000 votes

Lake discussed the lawsuit in remarks delivered at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence, describing the lawsuit as “brimming with evidence.”

“I think we won by four votes to 500,000,” Lake said. “And our lawsuit proves that.”

Maricopa County Judge Peter Thompson ruled Monday that two counts brought by Lake in her election lawsuit could be tried, and the closed trial concluded Thursday. Thompson dismissed eight other lawsuits brought by Lake.

These two counts relate to allegations of ballot printer malfunctions, with the first count alleging that malfunctions in ballot-on-demand (BOD) printers were not certified on Election Day, while the second count alleging violations of the county election manual have in relation to the chain of custody of ballot papers.

In a court filing dated Friday, December 16, an attorney for Hobbs called the claims in the lawsuit “rank speculation.”

“Kari Lake lost the governor’s race to Katie Hobbs by 17,117 votes,” wrote attorney Alexis Danneman.

“Faced with this insurmountable lead, Lake is bringing on a sprawling election campaign claiming everything from cyber hacking to Twitter mischief to intra-Republican warfare — all in an effort to sow distrust in Arizona’s election results,” the filing reads .

That said former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani news week this week that Lake’s lawsuit was so “frivolous at first sight” that he was surprised Thompson hadn’t dismissed it outright.

“The law requires actual evidence of willful misconduct,” Rahmani said. “In the worst case, the polling officials made a mistake printing the ballots, but those wrong ballots were still counted. This kind of harmless error is not enough to meet the high bar required to overturn an election.”

news week has reached out to the Lake campaign for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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