Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has issued a new statement after calls that she will lose her race against Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs, who is currently the secretary of state and the chief elections official.
In a video posted to Twitter, Lake blasted the reported widespread problems with printers and vote tabulators that occurred on election day — when most Republicans tend to vote — as well as hours-long lines voters had to wait in just to cast a ballot they were not even certain would count.
She also argued that claims she made earlier in the election cycle had been proven to be true and that the chaos created during the process of voting last week was “unforgivable.”
“Arizona, we are still in the fight,” she noted in her post.
“I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I’m still in this fight with you,” Lake begins in her video. “For two years, I’ve been sounding the alarm about our broken election system here in Arizona, and this past week has confirmed everything we’ve been saying.
“When we called for Katie Hobbs to recuse herself over a year ago, they ridiculed us. It turns out we were right; the fox was guarding the henhouse, and because of that, voters have been disenfranchised,” Lake continued. “When we raised concerns, and I filed a lawsuit months ago to get rid of the electronic voting machines, they said we were crazy. Well, it turns out we were right.”
The video goes on to show several clips of voters waiting in huge lines at polling stations, including a number of them that went viral on Election Day.
“On Election Day, nearly half of all polling locations had problems with tabulating machines and printers. Malfunctioning tabulation machines forced voters to wait in line for hours to exercise their sacred right to vote,” Lake explained as the clips played.
She went on to describe how one man traveled to three different polling stations before he was able to vote successfully.
“One man told me he went to a location, there was a three-hour line because the tabulators weren’t working. He drove fifteen miles to another location, and the printers weren’t working,” she said. “He drove another fifteen miles and was finally able to cast his vote, but he’s not sure it counted.
“Our election officials failed us miserably. What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable,” she noted further.
Lake then said just because the election is over doesn’t mean she’s done.
“Now I’m busy here collecting evidence and data, rest assured, I have assembled the best and brightest legal team, and we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week,” she said. “I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs. My resolve to fight for you is higher than ever.”’
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— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 17, 2022