Kari Lake Will Not Concede Following Maricopa County Certification

“I am firmly in this fight with you,” said Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

  • After Maricopa County certified its election on November 28th, Arizona Republican Kari Lake said, “Maricopa County just couldn’t wait to certify their botched election,” during which “half of Election Day voting centers were inoperable.”
  • “Maricopa County where it took two weeks to count [votes] is the poster child for broken, botched elections,” Lake continued.
  • She then described what her current plans are, stating she is “working with a team of patriotic, talented lawyers on a legal case to challenge the botched elections.”
  • Her legal team is posed to address Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors, including “maladministration,” Supervisor Bill Gates, and county recorder Stephen Richer.
  • Richer, Lake argues, “ran a dark money PAC with the sole purpose of going after [Lake], my campaign, and our movement.”
  • Another conflict of interest presented among board members is an individual “charged with certifying the election” who was also “chosen to be on Katie Hobbs’ transition team.”
  • “We the People will not forget, God will not forget, and I will not quit,” Lake concluded.
  • “Certification is not an optional act for boards of supervisors,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates.
  • Republican supervisor candidate Gail Golec said Gates’ statement is incorrect, as the Maricopa County election manual states election certification should not occur “until all necessary audits have been completed.”
  • Voters, however, claimed they were disenfranchised in the midterm election due to a number of voting machines failing to take and count their vote.
  • American Faith reported that Katie Hobbs threatened to sue Cochise County over their refusal to certify its midterm election results.
  • While it was originally estimated that 20% of Maricopa tabulators malfunctioned, an updated report shows that 48% of printers and tabulators malfunctioned.
  • Mohave County, Arizona delayed certifying midterm results as a “political statement” in standing in “solidarity with other counties” also refusing to certify election results.