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Katie Hobbs Defeats GOP Election Denier Kari Lake to Win Arizona Governor Race

HeadlineNov 15, 2022

In Arizona, Democrat Katie Hobbs has been elected governor after nearly a week of ballot counting in the highly contested race. Hobbs narrowly defeated her Republican, Trump-endorsed challenger Kari Lake with 50.39% of the votes. Lake, a former news anchor and loyal supporter of Trump’s false claims of a rigged 2020 presidential election, received 49.61%. Hobbs served as Arizona’s secretary of state and vocally defended the state’s election system and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, making her the target of harassment from the far right. Ahead of November 8, Kari Lake would not say whether she would accept the results of the election. On Monday night, just after major news organizations called the race for her opponent, Kari Lake tweeted, “Arizonans know BS when they see it.”

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