Kari Lake lost in Arizona’s key gubernatorial race as Democrat Katie Hobbs helped flip the Grand Canyon State blue, Edison Research has projected. Ms Lake, who was endorsed by ex-POTUS Donald Trump, embraced unfounded claims that the 2020 US Presidential Election was lost by the Grand Old Party’s candidate due to voter fraud.
Ms Hobbs received 50.4 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of ballots counted.
Ms Lake ended up trailing by around 20,000 votes with 49.6 percent of Arizonians backing the TV host for governor.
Responding to the projected victory, Ms Hobbs said: “Democracy is worth the wait.
“Thank you, Arizona. I am so honoured and so proud to be your next Governor.”
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Ms Lake had suggested that voting irregularity had impacted the race in Arizona.
In a series of tweets, Ms Lake urged supporters to check if they had any issues with their ballots.
Lake and Trump even pointed to temporary problems with electronic vote-counting machines in Maricopa County as evidence that Republican votes were being suppressed.
However, a judge denied a request to extend polling place hours and instead said the GOP had provided no evidence that voters had been disenfranchised.
Vice President Kamala Harris will hold the tie-breaking vote in the upper chamber after Arizona and nearby Nevada elected Democrat candidates to the Senate.
Joe Biden’s party could yet win outright control if incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock beats ex-NFL star Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff on December 6.