Judge Peter Thompson said the court found no “clear and compelling evidence of wrongdoing” that affected the outcome of Arizona’s gubernatorial election. Speculation or guesswork is not enough. Thompson rejected opposition from Republican candidate Gary Lake. At the same time, he confirmed the victory of the Democrat Katie Hobbs. Lake immediately announced that he would appeal the decision.
According to the official count, Hobbs won the gubernatorial election in November by just 17,117 votes. After the vote, Lake, who said he was “100 percent” confident of his own victory, continued to try to sow doubts about the correct course of the election.
According to Lake’s complaint, “illegal votes” were cast. The 53-year-old also cited problems with voting machines in Maricopa County, where lines formed in front of some polling stations. According to the officials in charge, no one was prevented from voting.
The district, which includes Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix, was under close scrutiny anyway, as allegations of manipulation had already surfaced after the 2020 presidential election. At the time, Joe Biden was winning Arizona by about 10,000 votes against Donald Trump — an issue Lake continued to raise doubts about during his campaign in November.
The former TV host is considered an ardent supporter of Trump, who supported him during the election campaign. Lake is among those repeating Trump’s unproven claim that Biden won the presidential election through massive fraud.
wa/rb (afp, dpa)
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