Arizona GOP candidate Kari Lake said she still intends to take her election-related lawsuit to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court tossed it out last week.
“If they think we are going to surrender when something was stolen from us, they are messing with the wrong Americans,” Lake told supporters during an event in Lake Havasu City on Saturday, according to the Mojave Daily News. “I want you to know that we are taking this fight to the Arizona Supreme Court and we will fight in every legal avenue that we can right now.”
Lake added that she “didn’t expect them to rule for us so we’re taking this to the Arizona Supreme Court,” the outlet reported. “They have the power to make this right and I hope they will look at the Constitution, look at how the state is being torn apart and show that courage to do the right thing.”
In spite of the two court setbacks, Lake believes that the lawsuit will ultimately prevail in the court system; however, she didn’t indicate how she would proceed if the Arizona Supreme court refuses to take it up or rejects it outright.
“I don’t want to just say that I have hope with our case because our case is so strong, it truly is and the law is on our side,” said Lake, a former television journalist who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. “I have confidence in our cases, our attorneys have confidence in the case.” Lake says she plans to appeal to the Supreme Court “hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so.”
Lake’s Saturday comments come after a Twitter post she made on Feb. 16, the day the court rejected her suit. “I told you we would take this case all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court, and that’s exactly what we are going to do,” she wrote. “Buckle up, America!”
Last month, Lake’s opponent, Democrat Katie Hobbs, was sworn in as governor. State data shows Hobbs had 17,000 more votes than Lake.
In the months since the election, Lake has appeared at the home of former President Donald Trump to urge the Republican National Committee members to defeat Ronna McDaniel. She later appeared in Iowa, sparking speculation that she may run for president or attempt to secure a seat as Trump’s vice president, should he clinch the GOP nomination a second time.
Lake has also suggested she might run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), who made headlines several months ago after she broke from the Democratic party. An aide to the Republican said she recently met with Senate Republican officials in Washington, D.C., but few details were provided.
When asked by Charlie Kirk earlier this month if she is “entertaining” a run for Sinema’s seat, Lake said, “Yes, I am entertaining it. I mean my number one priority is our court case, and I have full confidence in our court case and I hope we will get a judge to do the right thing.”
Lake has repeatedly targeted Sinema as well as Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) who also announced he’s running for Sinema’s seat.
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