Gov. Katie Hobbs asks Arizona Supreme Court to dismiss Kari Lake’s fraudulent election claims

Kari Lake, Arizona Republican a failed candidate for governor, speaks to supporters at the Republican watch party in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Maricopa County attorneys and Gov. Katie Hobbs has asked a judge to dismiss Kari Lake’s election lawsuit alleging the election was botched and she should be declared the winner, LocalToday reported.

Following the gubernatorial race in November, attorneys say Lake has no facts that declare her the rightful winner but instead only pure conjecture. Lake announced in a video on her campaign site on December 14th that 59% of voting centers in Arizona underwent ballot printer failures and 5-hour lines just to cast a vote.

The Supreme Court moved forward with an emergency hearing following Lake’s lawsuit. As of March 2023, the Supreme Court has yet to make a decision based on Lake’s claims amid much speculation from Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Gov.- Elect Katie Hobbs urging them to dismiss these claims.

“Lake simply recycles the same arguments that have already been rejected by two Arizona courts,” wrote Abha Khanna, who is representing Gov. Hobbs.

Attorney Craig Morgan, who represents Fontes, told the court, “This case involves Kari Lake’s attempt to malign and undermine our election processes and those who administer them, sow deep-rooted distrust for our democracy, and unseat Katie Hobbs, who is our duly elected governor. Ms. Lake continues to attest that the 2022 election was stolen, which is ironic since it is she who seeks to steal the election and usurp the people’s will through judicial fiat.”

In a speech last week at CPAC in Washington, D.C., Lake said, “The fight does not stop here. I will not stop fighting until election integrity is restored.” It is unsure if Lake with run again in future elections.

The attorneys also want Lake and her counsel to be ordered to pay their legal fees – and perhaps additional financial penalties.

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