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Katie Hobbs Defeats Trump’s Fave Election Denier Kari Lake in Arizona’s Midterm Governor Election


Kari Lake, a former far-right television journalist, may have become a national MAGA celebrity during her run for governor of Arizona. But she won’t become governor: in the midterm elections, she was defeated by her Democratic opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

Multiple news networks called the race in Hobbs’ favor on Monday, after nearly a week of slow post-election counting in fluctuating states.

The contest between the two women is one of the fiercest, controversial and nationally watched races anywhere in the country this year. In the final stages of the race, with the national environment against the Democrats, insiders believed that Lake was clearly the favorite and Democrats were concerned about the strategy of the war. important appointment of Hobbs.

But the party’s surprisingly resounding message and apparent backlash against extreme GOP candidates like Lake, lifted not only Hobbs but also Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ), who was re-elected and Adrian Fontes, who defeated election denier Mark Finchem to succeed Hobbs as Secretary of State.

Hobbs’ victory means a lot to the Democratic Party, in a number of ways. As Arizona’s first Democratic governor in more than a decade, Hobbs built massive statewide wins for himself and for the party in 2018 and 2020, more of the political transformation of This former state is this deep red. Lake’s defeat was a bitter defeat for Republicans, who have lost all races for governor this year, except in Nevada.

But for many Democrats in both Arizona and beyond, simply blocking Lake’s governorship was enough to celebrate. A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, she amplified false conspiracy about the results of the 2020 election and made “electoral integrity” a core component of her campaign. Many worry that, as governor, Lake may have scrapped decades of precedent and norm about how Arizona elections are held, to the GOP’s favor in the election. year 2024.

Lake is also running as a hardline on issues like abortion and immigration, and her defeat will give Democrats more power to ensure access to abortion in the United States. future in Arizona.

Although Lake is emerging as a favorite, for much of the 2022 campaign, both Democrats and Republicans believed that extreme politics and responsibility her as a candidate kept her from being selected. In elementary school in August, Lake scored a close victory than Karin Taylor Robson, a wealthy and influential figure in the state’s GOP politics who ran a more moderate campaign highlighting Lake’s fringe positions.

In the general election, Lake appeared to have found his footing against Hobbs, who ran an extremely cautious and modest campaign in stark contrast to Lake’s schedule of noisy protests. and events take place almost every day.

A highlight of the race was Hobbs’ decision not to contest Lake, saying doing so would give her grounds to spread conspiracies about the election and turn it into a spectacle. But Lake and her allies used the plot to portray Hobbs as a candidate uninterested in explaining his position to voters.

Ultimately, Hobbs’ usual campaign strategy of distinguishing her from her opponents through issue-based messaging and voter outreach reduced Lake’s motivation and manipulation of the question. media story.

While some Arizona insiders believe Lake is on track to remain a rising GOP star no matter what, she won’t be pursuing ambitions further from the office. Governor of Arizona.

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