Lake says she will appeal judge’s ruling confirming she lost election

Kari Lake explains on May 23, 2023 what’s next after a judge the day before tossed the last remaining claim in her bid to overturn the 2022 gubernatorial election. || Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Howard Fischer

 Capitol Media Services

Kari Lake said Tuesday she will appeal Monday’s ruling confirming the election of Katie Hobbs as governor, brushing aside the fact that the judge said her key evidence in seeking to overturn the result was legally irrelevant.

In a press conference outside her Phoenix headquarters, Lake said she has been denied the ability to put on a case showing she actually won the race. She said that is because of the rulings about state elections laws from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson all the way up through the Arizona Supreme Court about what she needed to prove.

All of them went against her.

“The judges have basically said anything goes, it doesn’t matter,” the failed GOP contender charged.

“Election laws are just suggestions,” she continued. “So, if anything goes, anything goes.”

Despite that, Lake said it was not her plan to violate election laws going forward, what with a possible 2024 bid for office in the wings should her latest appeal fail.

In his ruling late Monday, Thompson said Lake failed to prove that Maricopa County did not review the signatures on early ballot envelopes as required by law.


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