Report cites inside sources claiming Lake will ‘stand and fight’ after AZ governor’s race called for Hobbs

Despite there still being thousands of votes left to count in the tight Arizona gubernatorial race, some media outlets declared Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs the victor over Republican candidate Kari Lake, and some outlets suggested that Lake was being advised to concede defeat.

However, inside sources have reportedly said that Lake is not about to concede and instead plans to continue to “stand and fight” in the hotly contested and controversial election, the Western Journal reported.

That stance is likely due in part to widespread Election Day voting machine malfunctions in Arizona’s Maricopa County, not to mention the strong appearance of bias against Lake by the state and county officials overseeing the now week-long counting of ballots.

Race called for Hobbs

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that it had called the Arizona gubernatorial race on Monday in favor of Hobbs due to its determination that there were insufficient ballots left to be counted for Lake to make up the difference in votes between herself and her Democratic opponent.

That is despite the fact that there were, at that time, more than 43,000 ballots left to be counted, a majority of which are believed to be favorable to Lake, and Hobbs only led Lake by around 18,000 votes.

The AP report followed one from The Washington Post on Monday which asserted that some of Lake’s advisers had reached the conclusion that the GOP candidate would not win the race and had quietly advised her to graciously accept the loss and not pursue plans to “storm the castle,” so to speak, in opposition to the reported results.

“She will not go quietly into the night”

That already seemed unlikely, given Lake’s reputation of not shying away from a fight, not to mention her unsubtle tweet Monday night in response to the race being called for Hobbs, in which she simply wrote, “Arizonans know BS when they see it.”

Now comes word from Western Journal founder Floyd Brown, who tweeted Tuesday morning, “Spent hours last night working with Lake team on a continuing war for Arizona. She will not go quietly into the night. She intends to stand and fight. She knew when she entered this race that it would be tough. Her opponents lack her courage. She is fighting for us.”

The Western Journal noted that there were multiple justifiable reasons for Lake to continue to fight and challenge the reported results of the election, with the first and foremost being the tabulation machine malfunctions on Election Day in dozens of predominately Republican precincts that caused long lines and reportedly discouraged many Republican voters from waiting or traveling to other locations to cast a ballot.

Then there is the fact that Hobbs, the Democratic nominee, is also the Secretary of State who refused to recuse herself from overseeing the ballot counting and processing of her own election to be governor.

Maricopa County officials openly opposed to Lake

On top of that, The Post Millennial just reported that two of the top GOP election officials in Maricopa County, County Recorder Stephen Richer and Supervisor Bill Gates, launched a political action committee in 2021, the Pro Democracy Republicans of Arizona PAC, that was specifically intended to oppose and prevent the election of “MAGA candidates” aligned with former President Donald Trump, such as Lake.

To be sure, Lake and her supporters shouldn’t “storm the castle” ala the January 6 Capitol riot, but they have every right and plenty of reasons to besiege the county and state with lawsuits and demands for audits, recounts, recusals, and transparency.

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