The Arizona Democrats meddled in the GOP primary, boosting Lake to be the candidate due to her ties to Trump and non-moderate views.
NBC News projects that current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, defeated Republican candidate Kari Lake for Arizona governor.
I don’t know how this couldn’t go for a recount. But Arizona law requires the difference to be 0.5% or less. The count is at .98%. This makes no sense since most polling has a margin error of +/- 4%.
Hobbs became a household name in 2020 when she defended Arizona’s election system after a fiasco counting the ballots.
President Joe Biden eventually won the state.
Despite new machines and whatnot Arizona encountered the same old problems. But people demanded Hobbs recuse herself since she is secretary of state:
Lake won many votes from Maricopa County, the largest county in Arizona.
But it’s another case of Democrats meddling in the GOP primary and it working. The Democrats hoped to get Lake elected due to her ties to Trump and denying the 2020 election:
In Arizona, voters are essentially split into thirds, among Republicans, Democrats and independents.
Hobbs and her allies centered the campaign on abortion rights, putting Republican-endorsed restrictions at the forefront of their message. But they also sought to contrast their plans on inflation and immigration with Lake, a political newcomer.
NBC News exit polling bore out Hobbs’ theory of the case, with 58% of Arizona voters feeling either dissatisfied or angry about the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade and 80% of those voters casting ballots for Hobbs.
NBC News exit polling also found Hobbs winning the majority of independent voters and 59% of self-described moderates, who made up a plurality of the electorate. More than 70% of voters 29 and under, who made up about 12% of the electorate, backed Hobbs, who also won over a higher percentage of Republican voters than Lake won Democrats.
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