Kari Lake (R) wasn’t at all surprised after NBC projected Katie Hobbs (D) as the winner of the Arizona Gubernatorial Monday night. After all, Arizona, particularly Maricopa County, has been playing games with voters since day one, and Lake was already anticipating a last-minute Democrat ballot box pull out of thin air.
Lake, who has been warning voters of potential fraud and how to check the status of their ballot, hasn’t conceded yet, but she did break her silence on Twitter Monday night with a comment that very much aligns with her beliefs on election integrity.
“Arizonans know BS when they see it,” the former television news anchor tweeted Monday evening.
According to Decision Desk HQ, Arizona’s current secretary of state won with 50.4 percent of the vote, a total of 1,266,922 votes, compared to Lake’s 49.6 percent, or a total of 1,247,428 votes.
The result came nearly a week after Election Day and after numerous problems with vote counting.
Some supporters of the Trump-backed candidate encouraged Lake not to concede.
Others called for Blake Masters and Adam Laxalt to not concede as well after the shenanigans played out in both Arizona and Nevada. Lauren Boebert, an ultra-MAGA Republican candidate is seeing the same thing play out in her race in Colorado.
Hobbs was quick to claim victory and immediately thanked Arizona. “
“Democracy is worth the wait,” she said on Twitter. “I am so honored and so proud to be your next Governor.”
According to TowhHall.com, lawyers for GOP candidates in the state filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County alleging “pervasive and systemic malfunctions of ballot tabulation devices and printers,” in Maricopa County, among other issues.
Plaintiffs named in the complaint filed in Arizona Superior Court include the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Blake Masters’ U.S. Senate campaign, and Kari Lake’s gubernatorial campaign. Their action names Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors members Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin, Bill Gates, Clint Hickman, and Steve Gallardo.
Harmeet Dhillon — who Kari Lake brought in to lead her campaign’s Election Day legal efforts — tweeted out a link to the complaint on Tuesday evening.
Their lawsuit alleges that “[a]t least 36% of all voting centers across Maricopa County have been afflicted with pervasive and systemic malfunctions of ballot tabulation devices and printers, which has burdened voters with excessive delays and long lines” and that “numerous individuals presenting to vote at some or all of these locations were unlawfully induced by poll workers to discard their ballots or otherwise forfeit their opportunity to cast a legally sufficient vote.”
The Republicans’ suit also alleges that when voters encountered the issues, “certain voters whose ballots could not be read by the tabulation device were erroneously informed by poll workers that they could spoil their ballot, present at a different voting location later (where, presumably, the tabulators were properly functioning), and cast a valid, regular ballot. In fact, voters who followed these instructions were, at the second voting location, either denied an opportunity to vote at all, or were required to vote a provisional ballot, which, upon information and belief, will not be tabulated,” the suit adds.