The Arizona Republican labeled “election denier” for claiming fraud stole victory from Donald Trump’s election questions her own electoral defeat.
“Arizonans know BS when they see it,” Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said Monday after her Democratic opponent was projected to win their race.
The Daily Mail further reported:
Donald Trump says Kari Lake had the race for Arizona governor race stolen from her after he defeat to Democratic rival Katie Hobbs and just hours before he is set to announce his third fun for president.
Lake, a vocal MAGA supporter who backed Trump’s claims of 2020 voter fraud, suffered a shock defeat to Democrat Katie Hobbs, which she also claimed was fixed.
Soon after the race was called, rather than conceding gracefully, Lake took to Twitter to say: ‘Arizonans know BS when they see it.’
Trump added fuel to the flames on Truth Social, where he posted: ‘Wow! They just took the election away from Kari Lake. It’s really bad out there!’
The upset could not come at a worse time for Trump, still reeling from a series of devastating losses from his candidates in the midterms, as he prepares to make a ‘big announcement’ today at Mar-a-Lago.
Many in the Republican party says his push to have election deniers on the ballot squandered their hopes of a red wave, but he has claimed most of the candidates he backed won and those who lost didn’t push election fraud hard enough.
Lake made denial of the 2020 presidential election win by Joe Biden a key tenet of her campaign and said that she would not have validated his victory if she had been in the governor’s mansion at the time.
Her caustic attacks on journalists and election officials, including the Republicans heading key departments in hotly contested Maricopa County, earned her plaudits with the GOP base.
But they also led to warnings that she was stoking trouble in a country still reeling from the January 2021 assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters.
The closely fought governor’s race between Lake and Hobbs was one of the most significant in the general election because Arizona is a battleground state and is expected to play a pivotal role in the 2024 US presidential election.
Even though Lake had been posting increasingly larger margins in vote updates from Maricopa County, she was not gaining a big enough share to overtake Hobbs and was running out of remaining votes.
Vote counting had gone on for days since the Tuesday election, as officials continued to tally massive amounts of late-arriving ballots.
Lake had vowed to ban the state’s mail-in voting, which conspiracy theorists falsely claim is vulnerable to fraud, fueling distrust among voters about the safety of a voting method used by hundreds of thousands of Americans.
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