Katie Hobbs defeats Kari Lake to become Arizona’s next governor


Democrat Katie Hobbs has defeated Republican Kari Lake to become Arizona’s next governor, according to NBC News.

The call for Katie Hobbs:

Video from Steve Kornacki:

NBC News’ Steve Kornacki explained that the final number could tighten, but the gubernatorial race is over:

There are still some possibilities here that this could be closer. One variable here is how the provisional ballots are subject to post-election verification. How are they going to break? We actually saw Donald Trump in Arizona do pretty well with that one in 2020. There’s another problem in Maricopa County.

That was by far the bulk of the vote that just came in, leaving Katie Hobbs the winner in the governor’s race. There’s still a small portion, a few thousand that we’re talking about here. If you were following Election Day, there were some problems at polling stations all over Maricopa County. Ballots were kind of — voters had some trouble voting, they were put in ballot box three.

There are a few thousand more, vote on Election Day, the Election Day voters are generally a more Republican-friendly bunch. There could be room there for Republicans to have some success there. Not in terms of the outcome of the governor’s race.

Kari Lake had been tweeting for days that she would win the gubernatorial race because the Republican cavalry was coming.

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The Republican cavalry never came.

Kari Lake lost, while Arizona voters rejected MAGA extremism across the board. Arizona Republicans have lost every high-profile race in the state except the Attorney General as that election is still too close to be decided with the Democratic nominee narrowly ahead.

America’s potential Kari Lake nightmare has been avoided, unless Donald Trump chooses her as his running mate for 2024, Kari Lake can now leave and exit the national stage.

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