Former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has had her day – her days, actually — in court following her loss to Democrat Katie Hobbs in November, and it appears she has come up short regarding her various election integrity claims.
A state judge on Tuesday rejected her final claim, noting that her “team failed to show that Maricopa County, which includes the capital of Phoenix and is Arizona’s most populous county, did not properly perform signature verifications for early ballots,” according to the Daily Wire.
The court did not find “clear and convincing evidence or a preponderance of evidence” of misconduct and violations of state election laws sufficient to overturn the results of the contest, according to Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson.
His ruling also said he was “confirming” Hobbs’ victory.
During the trial, Lake’s team contended that the signature review process was conducted hastily, with many signatures being reviewed in less than two or three seconds, rendering it incapable of meeting the legal standard. Despite the ruling, the Republican may still choose to appeal the decision.
On Twitter, Lake posted a GIF saying, “FIX THIS BROKEN SYSTEM.” She also tweeted about a “big announcement” on Tuesday.
The Daily Wire noted further:
A former journalist who made election integrity a top priority of her campaign, Lake sued after the results showed that she lost the November contest to Hobbs by roughly 17,000 votes in the governor’s race. Hobbs was sworn in as governor in early January, and in the months since the November election, media reports have said Lake is mulling a Senate bid and former President Donald Trump is considering her as a possible vice presidential running mate.
Lake’s 2022 election complaint raised allegations of misconduct and illegal votes with issues ranging from mail-in ballots, chain-of-custody, and problematic ballot printers. In March, Arizona’s Supreme Court sent the last-remaining claim regarding signature verification back to the trial court, where Thompson previously threw out Lake’s challenge.
Officials in Maricopa County have admitted there were problems during the last election, but claimed that every valid vote was counted. Hobbs defeated Lake by about 17,000 votes though polling ahead of the election consistently showed Lake with an advantage.
“Wild claims of rigged elections may generate media attention and fundraising pleas, but they do not win court cases,” Maricopa County Chairman Clint Hickman said in a statement responding to Thompson’s ruling.
“When ‘bombshells’ and ‘smoking guns’ are not backed up by facts, they fail in court. This is justice, and this is what happened today in Kari Lake’s election contest,” he noted further.
It’s not clear yet if Lake will appeal, but given her tenacity, that’s a very likely possibility.