Doug Ducey met with governor-elect Katie Hobbs as Kari Lake protests election results

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Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a ceremony on Dec. 7, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey met with his successor, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Wednesday. Hobbs, a Democrat, won a tightly-contested gubernatorial race; her Republican opponent Kari Lake has not yet accepted the election results. 

“I congratulated Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in a hard-fought race and offered my full cooperation as she prepares to assume the leadership of the State of Arizona,” Ducey tweeted.

Hobbs beat Lake 50.3% to 49.7% in the governor’s race with a vote differential of 17,116, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Although Lake lost the governor’s race, she has yet to concede and recently filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials. She claims that they broke state election laws.

The county had voting issues on election day. At 70 of its 223 voting centers, on-site printers produced ballots that were too light to be read by vote-counting machines. This resulted in longer waiting times to vote on election day; Republicans tend to perform better with in-person, election-day voters than voters and mail-in votes. 

In her lawsuit, Lake says up to 118 voting locations in Maricopa County may have had issues with voting, according to AZ Central

Lake’s lawsuit demands various documents from Maricopa County election officials regarding the 2022 midterm election, according to CBS 5. She wants all public records related to voters who showed up to vote and weren’t able to or had to go elsewhere to vote — including their names and contact information. The campaign also wants records about people who tried to check in at two voting centers, plus documents regarding ballots with write-in candidates in state Senate District 22.

Hobbs will assume office in early January.

Republished with the permission of The Associated Press.