The Arizona Republican candidate for governor trails her opponent by about 15,000 votes but she has refused to concede the race yet.
Republican candidate Kari Lake noted that 30 percent of Maricopa County’s polling places reported tabulating machine glitches that made votes unreadable. Voters were told they could return later, go to a different polling place or allow their ballots to be processed by a scanner at a central location capable of reading them, according to an AZ Central report.
Lake, the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, complained about the problems plaguing the state’s largest county on Election Day. Political analysts claim the majority of in-person voters on Election Day tend to vote Republican.
The trailing Republican candidate claimed in a Thursday Twitter post state election officials failed Arizona voters.
“Rest assured, I have assembled the best and brightest legal team, and we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week,” Lake proclaimed. “I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs.”
Lake visited the 45th president at his Mar-a-Lago home Thursday, according to a Western Journal report.
The trip followed Trump’s announcement of his filing to run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, which raised speculation about the purpose of her visit. She received a standing ovation when she entered the America First Policy Insitute luncheon, according to a Washington Post report.
The report noted Lake had been touted as a possible pick for a Trump undercard, but she insisted while campaigning she would serve the full term if elected Arizona’s governor. That calculus may change if she is unable to overtake Katie Hobbs in the vote count.
A Twitter account holder who identifies as a 2020 Trump campaign member posted a photo of the two meeting.
“Trump, Kari Lake, Bolsonaro – let’s go,” she commented above the photo of their meeting.
“If worse comes to worse, Kari Lake will be available to campaign full-time for Vice President of the United States 2024,” commented one user in the discussion thread.