Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake wrote she will soon be taking her election lawsuit to the state’s Supreme Court after an appeals court rejected her bid earlier this month to toss the Nov. 8 midterm results.
In a Twitter update on Sunday, Lake confirmed she will be taking her case to the Supreme Court this week. It came about two weeks after the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected her election suit, which alleged that vote-tabulating issues, delays, and long lines in Maricopa County on Election Day disproportionately impacted her chances of winning.
“We will be filing our case with the AZ Supreme Court by this Tuesday (2/28) and we will be asking for an expedited review,” the GOP candidate wrote. “As soon as the filings are available I will share them with you. Please pray for justice.” Lake then posted a link to her “Save Arizona Fund.”
Previously, Lake attempted to transfer her election lawsuit to the state’s highest court, which rejected her bid. The Supreme Court said earlier this month that it would not take up the case if the Court of Appeals was already hearing it.
In December, Lake filed a lawsuit asking the court to either re-do the election in Maricopa or declare her the winner after the results showed that she trailed former Secretary of State and now-Gov. Katie Hobbs by about 17,000 votes. Hobbs, a Democrat, was sworn-in as governor in early January.
A Maricopa County judge, Peter Thompson, later rejected her case after a two-day trial in late December. The judge ruled that not enough evidence was presented to overturn the Nov. 8 election results in favor of Lake, prompting the Republican to take her case to the state’s appeals court.
Lawyers for Lake argued in their appeal that Thompson had “erred by requiring she provide proof that her allegations of official misconduct affected” the election results, including that they intended to deny her victory.
They also pointed to statements made by top Maricopa County officials on Election Day confirming there were vote-tabulating errors. Later, those officials said the issues were corrected and claimed that no voters were disenfranchised, although videos posted by Lake on Twitter that featured Maricopa voters complaining about delays suggest otherwise.
Her lawyers said that defective printers produced ballots that were too light to be read by the on-site tabulators at dozens of polling places. Lines backed up in some areas amid the confusion.
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