Kari Lake suggests early voting be restricted in Arizona as she repeats election lies
Kari Lake wouldn't explicitly commit on ABC's "This Week" to accepting the outcome of her election against Katie Hobbs and suggested early voting be restricted in Arizona "Let me ask you why it is that you have not said -- or maybe you'll do it now -- you have not said that you will accept the certified results of this election, even if you lose this election?" ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Lake in the interview.
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Weeks after endorsing Kari Lake's political rival, Rep. Liz Cheney has more words for the far-right Republican candidate, who lost her Arizona gubernatorial bid late Monday night.
Moments after Democrat Katie Hobbs was projected to win the governor race by a slim margin of less than 1%, Cheney, 56, took to Twitter to roast Lake, an election denier and fervent supporter of Donald Trump.
In October Lake posted a letter to Cheney on Twitter, sarcastically saying that the congresswoman's attack ad — in which Cheney said she would "absolutely" vote for a Democratic governor and secretary of state if she lived in Arizona — had the "opposite" effect of what was intended.
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"I'm going to serve eight years as governor of Arizona," Lake said in response to an inquiry about whether she'd serve out a full term in office. He responded: "Is that a commitment that you will finish your team?"Lake answered: "Yeah. I'm going to serve eight years."When Karl pressed Lake further about what she'd do if Trump asked her to be his No. 2, she said she'd have "to laugh at this question.""I'm hearing this a lot on the campaign trail and what I think is happening, Jonathan, is the media is trying to scare the public I'm going to leave," she said. "I am devoted and dedicated to saving Arizona.
"Our campaign donations are skyrocketing and our website nearly crashed from traffic as people rushed to learn more about my plan to put Arizona First and join our historic political movement," Lake touted. "In fact, my team tells me your commercial should add another 10 points to our lead!"
It's now clear that Cheney's ad did not help Lake prevail — or at least didn't help enough — and Cheney wasted no time reminding her of it. She responded to Lake's October post on Monday night with two words: "You're welcome."
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Later in the evening, Lake refused to accept her defeat, writing on Twitter: "Arizonans know BS when they see it." For months, she has been priming her supporters for a loss, saying that if she isn't victorious, they'll know that her election was rigged.
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Lake has long embraced lies that the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated President Trump, was fraudulent.
Facing backlash in the media, she more recently began muddying her message when asked directly about election denialism. Last month, she offered a reporter a vague response on the issue, saying the media is "obsessed" with the question before further claiming there is "a lot of corruption in this system."
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Now, her opponent Hobbs will replace incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who was term-limited from seeking reelection in Arizona, which had become a major battleground as the state has become increasingly favorable to Democrats after years of voting red.
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Hobbs, who previously served as Arizona's secretary of state, drew scorn from Trump supporters for defending the state's 2020 elections against unfounded allegations of widespread fraud (a role that led her to be on the receiving end of death threats).
Her role in preserving the integrity of that election introduced her to the national stage, and ultimately led to the gubernatorial bid.
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MAGA conspiracy theorists to demonstrate at Arizona Capitol, demanding a 'revote' in all state racesCritics of Lake and other election denialists warned that if she lost the election, she would be a sore loser and refuse to admit that she lost. And sure enough, Lake has — just as her critics predicted — refused to concede to Hobbs, making baseless election fraud claims and vowing to fight the election results in court. Meanwhile, fellow MAGA conspiracy theorist Liz Harris, who was elected to a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives on November 8, has vowed that she won’t vote on any bills unless officials agree to “hold a new election immediately.