Defeated Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Gary Lake filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Superior Court challenging the state’s certification of election.
Lake, who has and amplified The 70-page lawsuit alleges former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, including that printer failures at some polling places caused voters in Maricopa County to not vote, creating a “failure” in the district.
There is CNN reported earlierMaricopa officials said printer problems affected about 70 vote centers and prevented some ballots from being read by tabulator machines on Election Day, but the problems have since been fixed. Those ballots were set aside A secure ballot box will be counted individually. Bill Gates, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, called the inconvenience and long lines “unfortunate” in a Twitter video, but said “every voter has a chance to vote on Election Day.”
Among other concerns, Lake has criticized the use of mail-in ballots in lawsuits, citing long lines.
“Accordingly, Lake is entitled to set aside the election in its entirety and order a new election,” Lake’s lawyers write in the suit. The suit asks the court to “set aside the certified result of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election and declare Kari Lake the winner of the 2022 gubernatorial election.”
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who defeated Lake for governor, is named in the suit in her capacity as secretary of state and is one of several defendants.
“Lake Kari needs attention like fish need water – independent experts and local election officials from both parties have made it clear that this is a safe, secure and fair election,” Hobbs said. saidThe filing calls it “baseless” and a “harassment lawsuit.”
There is a lake Questioned honesty The results since his defeat in last month’s election. Arizona Certified Election on Monday. It was not immediately clear what impact the challenge would have.
All four GOP candidates at the top of the Arizona ticket echoed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.
Arizona was a key battleground for governor and Senate in 2022, and a likely presidential run again in 2024. Leading Democratic figures, including former President Barack Obama, have warned that the GOP’s acceptance of Trump’s election lies and conspiracy theories could endanger democracy. was to come to power.
There is a lake repeated He would not have certified Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona in 2020.
The former news anchor at Fox 10 in Phoenix is one of the most prominent candidates in the 2022 cycle as he and Hobbs compete to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
Last month, Ducey said he had met with Hobbs following his election victory and said he would “work to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible”.
“We have all been patiently waiting for the democratic process to unfold,” Ducey said Report At the time. “The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted, and we respect their decision.”
This story has been updated with additional details.
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