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Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson on Wednesday ordered former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake to cover about $33,000 in costs for some of the fees related to her failed lawsuit against Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County officials. But the judge denied the defendants' request to sanction Lake and her attorneys over her lawsuit challenging the integrity of the election.

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Thompson also denied a request from the defendants for Lake to repay all of Hobbs' attorneys' fees related to the lawsuit. Maricopa County, in a motion filed and and joined by Hobbs on Tuesday, urged the judge to sanction Lake over the lawsuit, which they said was filed in "bad faith."

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  Kari Lake's Chances of Overturning Arizona Governor Election Result Lake's lawsuit claims thousands of votes were cast illegally, and she is asking that the results in Maricopa County be thrown out. The suit asks for a new election or that Lake be declared the winner.In a court filing on Friday, a lawyer for Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who defeated Lake, called claims in the lawsuit "rank speculation.""Kari Lake lost the Governor's race to Katie Hobbs by 17,117 votes," attorney Alexis Danneman wrote.

On Christmas Eve, Thompson threw out Lake's lawsuit against Maricopa County officials and Hobbs challenging her defeat. Lake has informed the court that she plans to appeal the dismissal.

Thompson said Wednesday that the prevailing party in his court is entitled to an award of some taxable costs, including the fees for witnesses and the cost of compensating someone to be present to inspect the ballots. That amounts to a little over $33,000 in this case.

"There is no doubt that each side believes firmly in its position with great conviction," Thompson wrote. "The fact that the plaintiff failed to meet the burden of clear and convincing evidence required ... does not equate to a finding that her claims were, or were not, groundless and presented in bad faith."

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  Kari Lake Unlikely To Succeed in Overturning Election, Charlie Kirk Admits A judge dismissed most of the lawsuit brought by Lake but allowed two of her claims to advance to trial.Lake, a Republican who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has brought a lawsuit against the results of the election where she was defeated by Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

Lake, an ardent Trump supporter, followed in his footsteps in making claims of widespread election fraud. Lake had pledged she wouldn't accept the results of the gubernatorial election if she lost. She did lose, by about 17,000 votes. Her thrown-out lawsuit alleged that printer issues and illegal voting, largely in the populous Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, cost her the election, but Thompson's ruling said "The Court DOES NOT find clear and convincing evidence of misconduct" to support those claims.

Kari Lake appeals dismissal of election lawsuit challenging her midterm defeat .
Failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed an appeals notice to overturn an Arizona judge’s decision to dismiss her election lawsuit challenging her loss to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in the midterm elections. In an appeals notice filed to the Arizona Superior Court on Tuesday, Lake challenged the dismissal of several counts that were thrown out by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson over the weekend. In his decision, Thompson ruled Lake’s campaign did not have sufficient evidence to support her claims that the election was influenced by intentional misconduct that handed Hobbs the victory.

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