In the Midterms, star Republican Kari Lake is defeated by her Democratic competitor. However, she does not want to accept the result. She stubbornly tries to stir up doubts about the correct election process and goes to court. There she now has to take the next defeat.
A court in the US state of Arizona has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republican Kari Lake against her loss in the gubernatorial election in November. Judge Peter Thompson said in his ruling that there was no clear or compelling evidence to support Lake's alleged systematic misconduct by those responsible for the election. Backed by ex-President Donald Trump, Lake is among those who have repeated his unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election through massive fraud.
The 53-year-old lost the gubernatorial election to Democrat Hobbs, who defeated her Republican rival, a fervent Trump supporter, by a margin of 17,117 votes. Lake, who said she believed "100 percent" that she would win the election, tried persistently after the vote to raise doubts about the proper course of the election. Among other things, she referred to problems with voting machines in the administrative district of Maricopa, where queues had formed in front of some polling stations on election day. According to the responsible authorities, no one was prevented from voting.
The Arizona court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in place of clear and compelling evidence, said Thompson, who also upheld the victory of election winner Katie Hobbs. Lake announced on Twitter that he would appeal the decision to "restore trust and honesty in our elections." After all, she proved to the world that the elections are outside the law, the 53-year-old claimed on Twitter.
The district, which includes Arizona's capital Phoenix, was already under intense scrutiny for unsubstantiated allegations of vote-rigging in the 2020 presidential election. At that time, Biden had won in Arizona by a razor-thin margin of 10,000 votes over Trump - which Lake continued to doubt in her election campaign in November. Despite her defeat in the election, insiders from the Republican Party as well as media experts believe that the former TV presenter has a good chance in the race for the White House in the future.