Kari Lake criticizes Dem opponent for not resigning as election officer despite running: “Big ethical problem”

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake objected to her Democratic opponent not stepping down as Arizona’s election supervisor after election officials spent days counting ballots.

“We asked them to retire last July 2021 right after we got in the race and realized there is a big ethical issue there. Apparently, only the optics look bad. And she didn’t,” Kari Lake said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.

“Although a lot of people are asking her to retire, it creates problems, to say the least,” Lake continued.

Lake is up against Democrat Katie Hobbs, the Arizona Secretary of State, who currently has more than 88% of the vote counted, roughly 34,000 more than Lake. The state has been counting the ballots since Tuesday night and has not yet determined the winner of the gubernatorial election.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate for Arizona Kari Lake, whose skepticism about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election has led him to advocate tighter security measures at the election.

Republican gubernatorial candidate for Arizona Kari Lake, whose skepticism about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election has led him to advocate tighter security measures at the election.
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Lake said a firm timeline for the final count was “wishy-washy” and was told the state could have answers by Monday through later this week.

Lake told Bartiromo that Hobbs was “partially” responsible for the election in which she is running for governor.

Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks at a news conference October 7, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona.

Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks at a news conference October 7, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona.
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“She will be the one who would confirm the election. It has a lot to do with registration, voter registration, all sorts of things … voter rolls and advising counties on how many ballots they need,” Lake explained.

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Lake said she’s holding on for now while ballots continue to be counted and hopes votes from deep red areas haven’t yet been tabulated.

A man fills out his midterm ballot on November 8, 2022.

A man fills out his midterm ballot on November 8, 2022.
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“It’s election season here. We start voting about a month before Election Day and keep counting after Election Day—forever. And we’re still in the process of counting the votes, and there’s about 300,000 ballots that haven’t been counted, that’s according to the County Recorder,” she said.

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“A lot of them in Maricopa County, and they’re from strong, very strong, Republican areas. So we’re waiting for the votes to be counted,” she added.

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