It was a nail-biter in Grand Canyon State, but Katie Hobbs won over Kari Lake, former TV anchor and Donald Trump acolyte, in the race for Arizona’s next governor. NBC and CNN projected this on Monday.
Although the race between the candidates is too close to call since Tuesday’s Midterms, the most recent results from Arizona showed that Republican Lake would not be able to surpass current Arizona Secretary of State Hobbs. The Comcast-owned network called the election after more than 71,000 votes and other data were received from Maricopa County.
CNN named Hobbs the winner at 6 :15 PM PT.
Lake’s defeat is an astonishing result for a candidate that seemed set to be the next big thing on the right. At a press conference, Lake said that she would be “your worst nightmare for eight years” and that the media will also be reform. This was just hours before the polls closed on November 8. Donald Trump endorsed Lake and vigorously supported his election denialism.
Hobbs led Lake on election night and every day since. This surprised many pundits who were questioning the low-key Democrat’s decision to decline to take part in a debate alongside her rival. Lake has meanwhile blasted Arizona election officials for being slow and incompetent, even though the process was long. Although she raised questions about the results, some people have disproved conspiracy theories.
Bill Gates, Republican Chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona, resisted Lake’s claims. stated to reporters that her criticisms were “offensive.”
Lake’s questioning of the results got her into the Saturday Night Live cold opening last weekend. In which she was shown praising the legitimacy of the state count when she was told she was behind, but bashing it when she was ahead, Ex-local newscaster Lake was also shown as a possible Fox News host in the event she loses the election. This fiction sounds almost like it’s just waiting to happen.
Hobbs, a pick-up for the party Joe Biden will become the first Democratic governor in the ever-blie state since Janet Napolitano (2003 to 2009). Arizona’s former Veep Biden defeated Trump in a tight race against former Celebrity Apprenticehost – something that the ex-POTUS clearly has never been able overcome.
Lake is the latest election denier who lost her bid. The Democrats now hold 50 Senate seats, with the former astronaut returning to the upper chamber and the Nevada incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto being declared the winner of her close race . The Democrats still hold 50 seats in the Senate, despite the Georgia runoff, which will be decided by Vice President Kamala Harris on December 6.
Only in Arizona, Hobbs’ victory means a defeat for Trump-sponsored 2020 election deniers.
Although control of the House of Representatives is still unknown, it appears that the Republicans will have a slim majority at the end.