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Outgoing Arizona Republican Governor Welcomes Democrat Katie Hobbs: ‘The People of Arizona Have Spoken’ — But Kari Lake Has Not Yet

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PHOENIX — Resigning Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said Wednesday that his Republican administration will ensure an orderly transition to Democrat Katie Hobbs.

Ducey met with Hobbs in his office more than a week after Hobbs’ victory was revealed and the final votes were counted. But defeated Republican Kari Lake has not conceded and since the election has worked to bring attention to voters who say they were affected by ballot printer problems at several polling places in Maricopa County.

“We have all been patiently waiting for the democratic process to unfold,” Ducey said in a statement. “The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted, and we will respect their decisions.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey answers questions at a 2020 press conference in Phoenix.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey answers questions during a 2020 press conference in Phoenix.

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Ducey called to congratulate Hobbs the day after the Associated Press and other news outlets called for the race, but did not make an official statement on the result until Wednesday.

Ducey was co-chair of the Republican Governors Association, which spent more than $10 million on television ads attacking Hobbes, but was not a staunch supporter of Lake. Although he backed her rival in the Republican primary and backed the entire Republican ticket to the general election, he didn’t campaign with Lake.

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Hobbs, now secretary of state, vettes potential staffers and makes her the first Democrat to hold a top state job since Janet Napolitano stepped down as homeland security secretary after the 2008 election. We have formed a migration team that is preparing.

The Ducey-Hobbs conference comes the day after the Republican candidate for the Republican National Committee and Arizona Attorney General Abraham Hamadeh challenged the election, and Hamadeh will be automatically recounted by 510 votes.

That appeal, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that a variety of issues affected the outcome of the extremely tight race. Some votes should not have been counted, while others were rejected when they should have been counted. It alleges that election officials made a mistake in duplicating ballots that tabulators could not read.

Arizona Attorney General Candidate Abe Hamade (left to right), Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake, Arizona Republican Senate Candidate Blake Masters, and Secretary of State Candidate Mark Finkem at a Border Security Roundtable participate in.

Arizona Attorney General Candidate Abe Hamade (left to right), Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake, Arizona Republican Senate Candidate Blake Masters, and Secretary of State Candidate Mark Finkem on November 4. Attending the Border Security Roundtable in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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The lawsuit also alleges that some voters in Maricopa County were denied the opportunity to vote. So I couldn’t vote elsewhere because the county’s computer system said I was voting.

The lawsuit states that Hamade and the RNC “do not allege fraud, manipulation or other willful misconduct to challenge the results of the November 8, 2022 general election.”

“Arizona voters want answers and need to be transparent about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the general election by certain election officials,” Hamade said in a statement.

Democrat Chris Mays will ask a judge to dismiss Hamade’s lawsuit, Mays attorney Dan Barr said.

Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General Chris Mays speaks at a Democratic rally in Phoenix on Nov. 2.

Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General Chris Mays speaks at a Democratic rally in Phoenix on Nov. 2.

“Abe Hamade’s allegations lack actual facts,” Barr said in a statement. “It is plausible to argue that an election mismanagement did occur, or that the outcome would have been different if it had occurred.”

Republicans dominated the vote on Election Day, but Democrats dominated mail-in ballots.

Maricopa County officials acknowledged that some voters were being inconvenienced by a printer issue, but the issue was resolved early afternoon on Election Day. Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said the problem was exacerbated by a prominent Republican who made supporters afraid that votes would not be counted.


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