In this combination of photos, Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake, left, appears before a PBS televised debate on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Phoenix and Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs smiles prior to a televised interview in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.
Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press
Democrat Katie Hobbs has been elected governor of Arizona, defeating Republican Kari Lake in one of the nation’s closet gubernatorial races.
The Associated Press called the race Monday evening. With more than 95% of the vote in, Hobbs led with 50.41% of the vote to Lake’s 49.59%, outside the margin of a government-mandated recount.
Lake entered the race with high name recognition from her time as a TV news anchor in Phoenix. She quit her job last year at Fox 10, saying she no longer believed in the direction her industry has taken.
Why did Arizona vote count take so long?
Lake tied herself closely to former President Donald Trump and repeated his false claims the 2020 election was stolen. She won Trump’s endorsement and batted off questions about whether she would consider being his running mate.
Polling showed Lake with an advantage going into Election Day, but the race was considered competitive.
Lake’s loss marks the third straight cycle Arizona Republicans aligned with Trump have lost statewide to a moderate Democrat. In 2018, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally to become the state’s first Democratic U.S. senator since 1995. In 2020, Sen. Mark Kelly ran against McSally and won and then-candidate Job Biden narrowly won …read more
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