Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was adamant about how she sees her race against Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs shaping up when all of the ballot counting is finally done.
In an interview Friday with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Lake predicted victory with a “nice padding” at the polls while going on to say she will “fix these elections and restore honesty and transparency so that we can have faith in our elections once again.”
“We’ve got messed up elections for starters and they’ve counted a lot of ballots, but they’re still about half a million left to be counted,” Lake told Carlson. “These are primarily hard-core Republican voters. They showed up and brought their ballot in on Election Day.
“We are starting to get a few of today’s numbers trickling in and we’re getting from some of these drops 74% of the vote, 72% of the vote,” she added. “These are heavy-duty Republican voters. Isn’t it convenient that they are the last ballots to be counted? They count all the Democrat votes earlier and the really reliable Republican ballots are the last to be counted so we are less than a point away from our opponent, and we think it’s going to start turning and turning quickly.”
“We believe we are going to win with a nice padding actually,” Lake said, adding that she understands why some people would “insinuate” fraud since her opponent, Hobbs, is Secretary of State and is in charge of Arizona elections.
So your opponent is the Secretary of State. She didn’t campaign much, and she didn’t seem like she needed to campaign a lot, she never debated you, and some are smirking online well, of course, she was always confident in her victory. What is your view of that very common take on the race?” Carlson asked.
“You’re trying to get me to say something that might get me in trouble,” Lake said with a laugh.
“No, no. I’ve read 50 people say that,” Carlson said.
“That means that people are so distrustful, what they’re insinuating is [Katie Hobbs] knew she could sit back, hide in the basement, do nothing, and win due to cheating,” Lake told the host. “That’s what they’re insinuating.
“And I understand why they would insinuate that because we’ve had such terrible elections. They’re run poorly, they are rife with fraud,” she added. “We’ve seen this time and again. And nothing is being done. Elected officials tell us if we dare bring it up, we are conspiracy theorists, we’re election deniers. Darn it, we’ve got to start bringing this up. People are fed up.”