Kari Lake’s election challenge suffers its first defeat

The Daily Caller reports that an Arizona judge has just rejected Kari Lake’s election challenge. 

It appears, though, that Lake will appeal.

The lawsuit

In the recently-held midterm elections, Lake, a Trump-endorsed Republican, squared off against Democratic Katie Hobbs in a race for Arizona’s governorship. The final vote tally was 1,287,891 to 1,270,774 lead, which is about a 17,000 or half a percentage point difference.

Accordingly, Hobbs has been certified the winner of the race. Lake, though, has refused to concede.

Instead, Lake filed a 70-page lawsuit challenging the results of the election. Lake alleges that there were thousands of illegal votes and voting “violations” in the election – sufficient illegal votes and violations to have incorrectly given Hobbs the victory.

The trial

Last week, a two-day trial was held in which Lake presented her evidence.

Fox News reports:

Lawyers for Lake focused on problems with ballot printers at several polling places in Maricopa County, home to more than 60% of Arizona’s voters. The defective printers produced ballots that were too light to be read by the on-site tabulators at polling places. Lines backed up in some areas amid the confusion.

Fox adds:

Lake’s attorneys also claimed the chain of custody for ballots was broken at an off-site facility, where a contractor scans mail ballots to prepare them for processing. They claim workers at the facility put their own mail ballots into the pile, rather than sending their ballots through normal channels, and also that paperwork documenting the transfer of ballots was missing. The county disputes the claim.

The verdict

On Saturday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled against Lake.

Thompson is reported, in his ruling, to have acknowledged the “anger and frustration” of those voters who felt that they had been disenfranchised by the problems that occurred during Arizona’s gubernatorial election.

But, Thompson said, “this Court’s duty is not solely to incline an ear to public outcry. It is to subject Plaintiff’s claims and Defendants’ actions to the light of the courtroom and scrutiny of the law.”

“The Court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in place of clear and convincing evidence,” Thompson added.

An appeal is forthcoming

Shortly after Thompson’s ruling, Lake put out a statement indicating that she will file an appeal.

“My Election Case provided the world with evidence that proves our elections are run outside of the law,” Lake wrote. “This Judge did not rule in our favor. However, for the sake of restoring faith and honesty in our elections, I will appeal his ruling.”

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