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Arizona judge rejects Republican Kari Lake’s challenge to gubernatorial election

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An Arizona judge ruled against Republican Kari Lake’s challenge to the outcome in November’s gubernatorial election, in which Democrat Katie Hobbs was declared the winner.

In Saturday’s ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson, appointed by then-Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, the court found clear and compelling evidence of widespread wrongdoing claimed by Lake. I discovered that I couldn’t. 2022 general election.

A judge dismissed Lake’s claim that ballot printer problems at several polling places on Election Day were the result of willful misconduct.

The judge said Lake’s witnesses had no personal knowledge of the willful misconduct.

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Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks at the Arizona Republican election night rally in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Reproductive, after months of discussions on rights, threats to democracy, climate change, immigration and crime.

Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks at the Arizona Republican election night rally in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Reproductive, after months of discussions on rights, threats to democracy, climate change, immigration and crime.
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“Courts cannot accept speculation or conjecture in lieu of clear and convincing evidence,” Thompson said.

In his ruling, the judge acknowledged the “anger and frustration” of voters who felt inconvenienced by the election, but setting aside the election results “has never been done before in the history of the United States.” said.

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Then-Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs campaigns at Carpenters Local Union 1912 Headquarters on November 5, 2022.

Then-Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs campaigns at Carpenters Local Union 1912 Headquarters on November 5, 2022.
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Lake’s attorneys focused on ballot printer issues at several polling places in Maricopa County, home to more than 60% of Arizona’s voters. Ballots produced by faulty printers were too thin to be read by on-site counters at polling stations. Amid the chaos, lines retreated in some areas.

Lake’s attorneys also alleged that the chain of ballot storage was broken at an off-site facility where contractors were scanning mail ballots and preparing them for processing. He claims that he piled up his ballots by mail rather than sending them through the normal channel, and that he had also lost papers documenting the transfer of the ballots. is chanting

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Kari Lake, the Arizona Republican candidate for governor, speaks at a campaign rally attended by former President Donald Trump.

Kari Lake, the Arizona Republican candidate for governor, speaks at a campaign rally attended by former President Donald Trump.
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In a tweet after the verdict, Lake said he would appeal.

“My election lawsuit provided the world with evidence proving that our election was rigged.” Lake tweeted“This judge did not rule in our favor, but I will appeal his ruling to restore trust and integrity in our election.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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