Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona, has not yet responded after Katie Hobbs’s team declared the Democrat the “unequivocal favorite” to win the midterm elections.
Lake, who was backed by Donald Trump, and is a 2020 election denier, is currently behind Hobbs by just over 26,000 votes, taking about 93 percent of the vote, according to the The Bharat Express News tally.
While Lake managed to narrow Hobbs’ lead by about 10,000 after a vote count on Sunday, experts have suggested Lake won’t be able to overcome Hobbs’ lead with about seven percent of the vote left.
According to the Arizona Mirrors In analysis, Lake will need to win just over 58 percent of the remaining votes to top Hobbs, something Lake did not do on any of the post-election counts.
“Right now there is only one game left and Lake needs a Hail Mary,” Republican pollster Paul Bentz told the Arizona mirror. “I don’t think she’ll get it.”
Dave Wasserman, the editor of the unbiased Cook Political Report,erase on Sunday that it is “extremely hard to see” how Lake is now going to win the Arizona governor’s race.
In a statement after the final vote count, Hobbs’ campaign team said the Democrat is the clear favorite to win the election, while he stopped proclaiming victory.
“With the latest tabular results from Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties, Katie Hobbs is the unequivocal favorite to become Arizona’s next governor,” said Nicole DeMont, Hobbs campaign manager.
“Katie has been in charge since the first ballots were counted, and after tonight’s results, it’s clear that’s not going to change.”
Arizona officials have said the vote count could take a few more days, with the majority of those uncounted votes coming from Maricopa Province.
Lake, who could be the last Trump-approved mid-term candidate to lose his race, has often questioned the integrity of Arizona’s electoral system.
In an interview with TBEN News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning, Lake said she’s “waiting for the votes to be counted,” while adding that if she were elected governor, she would change the way the Arizona electoral process is run. .
“I consider someone’s voice to be their voice. I consider it a sacred vote, and it’s being trampled the way we run our elections in Arizona,” Lake said.
‘I’ve been ringing the bell for two years now. Nothing has been done. Very little was done in the last legislative session, and we need to go in and restore confidence in our elections. We can’t be the laughingstock of the election here in Arizona, and if I’m governor, I won’t let that happen.”
News week has reached out to Lake for comment.
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