While numerous mainstream media outlets have projected a win for Arizona’s Democrat candidate for governor, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is refusing to back down without a fight.
The two candidates reportedly remain only about 17,000 votes apart from each other, marking a mere 0.6% difference as ballots are still being counted.
Arizona law stipulates that an automatic recount is triggered when the difference in vote count is at 0.5 percent or less.
A recount has already been planned in Arizona’s race for attorney general, where Republican Hamadeh trails Democrat Kris Mayes by only 143 votes, according to The Western Journal.
Lake announced to her supporters that she is “still in this fight” in a video she posted Thursday.
“What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable. Tens of thousands of Maricopa County voters were disenfranchised,” she said.
“Rest assured I have assembled the best and brightest legal team, and we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week,” she added. “I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs.”
Arizona, we are still in the fight. pic.twitter.com/ytaGvqG5J0
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 17, 2022
Many have argued that large numbers of voters were disenfranchised due to various issues in Maricopa County on an election day, including incredibly long lines, problems with vote tabulating machines, and issues printing ballots.
“REMEMBER: 72%+ of the votes on Election Day in person were Republican. When you have 30% of the tabulating machines failing, causing people to leave the lines and give up. This is voter suppression targeting a political party,” attorney general candidate Hamadeh posted online Saturday.
REMEMBER: 72%+ of the votes on Election Day in person were Republican.
When you have 30% of the tabulating machines failing, causing people to leave the lines and give up.
This is voter suppression targeting a political party.
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) November 12, 2022
Lake commanded a large number of votes on election day. The former Phoenix Fox 10 anchor closed Hobbs’ lead from double-digits (about 183,000 votes) to less than a percent (about 12,000 votes) by the Wednesday following the election.
Those interested in learning more about the various alleged issues that occurred in Maricopa County on election day can do so here.