Election denier Lake loses governor’s race in battleground Arizona

Nov 14 (Reuters) – Kari Lake, one of the top Republican candidates in the midterm elections to embrace President Donald Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud in 2020, lost her bid to to be the next governor of Arizona, Edison Research has predicted. on Monday.

The closely fought governor’s race between Lake and Democrat Katie Hobbs has been one of the most important in the general election because Arizona is a battleground state and is expected to play a key role in the presidential election. 2024 American.

Lake had vowed to ban postal voting in the state, which conspiracy theorists say is vulnerable to fraud, causing distrust among voters about the security of the voting system used by Hundreds of thousands of Americans.

His defeat capped a week of victories for Democrats, who rejected Republican hopes of a “red wave” in the midterm elections.

Democrats maintained their control of the US Senate after securing seats in the states of Arizona and Nevada, while Vice President Kamala Harris held the lopsided vote. The party could win clear majority control if Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock defeats Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the Georgia primary on December 6, cementing Democratic control of committee, bill and judicial elections.

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Democratic victories in most gubernatorial, congressional and statehouse elections defied expectations that voters would beat them to record inflation, including higher gas and food prices. Instead, Democrats managed to stave off their losses, in part by rallying voters angry at the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion.

However, Republicans continued to aim for control of the House of Representatives. As of Monday, Republicans had won 212 seats and Democrats 206, the 218 needed for a majority. House control would allow Republicans to block President Joe Biden’s legislative plan.

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It may take several days before the results of the majority of House races are known to determine which party will control the 435-seat chamber.

Lake, a former television news anchor, was one of a string of Trump-friendly Republicans who lost battleground state races. Voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin also rejected abstentions in the governor’s race and other statewide elections.

Biden narrowly beat Trump in Arizona in the 2020 election. Hobbs, Arizona’s current secretary of state, rose to national prominence when he defended the state’s election results against Trump’s allegations of voter fraud.

His victory on Monday is a Democratic takeover of incumbent Republican governor Doug Ducey.

Counting of votes in Arizona continued almost a week after the Nov. 8. Arizona requires voter signatures on primary ballots to be verified before they can be processed. Counting was delayed this year because hundreds of thousands of early ballots were placed in drop-off boxes on Election Day, officials said.

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Lake and Trump had pointed to temporary Election Day problems with electronic vote counting machines in Maricopa County as evidence that the Republican vote was being suppressed.

The judge denied the request to extend the hours of the polling stations, saying that the Republicans did not provide evidence that voters were excluded from the issue.

In an appearance Sunday on Fox News, Lake said the lengthy recount process “infringes” on voters’ rights, and is further evidence of why Arizona’s election system needs to be reformed.

“We will no longer be the laughing stock of elections here in Arizona, and as governor, I will not allow it,” he said.

Reporting by Julia Harte; Edited by Alistair Bell and Edmund Klamann

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