Kari Lake, a longtime Arizona news anchor, who pivoted to politics and ran for Arizona governor in 2022 on Friday announced that she has filed an election challenge, alleging that the total number of illegal votes was greater than her opponent’s margin of victory.
Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, whose office oversaw the election in the state, was certified as the winner earlier this month.
Following state law that requires that a challenge only be filed after certification, Lake filed her election challenge.
Lake announced the suit via Twitter in the Maricopa County Superior Court with a screenshot of the filing being placed at the court’s petition drop off location.
In the filing, Lake asserts that “[t]he number of illegal votes cast in Arizona’s general election on November 8, 2022 far exceeds the 17,117 vote margin.”
Lake claims that “thousands of Republican voters were disenfranchised as a result of Maricopa County election officials’ misconduct in connection with the widespread tabulator or printer failures at 59% of the 223 vote centers in Maricopa County.”
Lake’s claims echo those of Arizona Republican Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh, who filed his challenge on similar grounds Friday afternoon.
Hamadeh’s race was closer than Lakes, with Hamadeh’s opponent leading by a mere 511 votes. A recount is in progress in that race.