Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey met with his Democratic successor, Katie Hobbs, on Wednesday, offering congratulations on her victory and pledging to work with her to ensure a smooth transition.
Hobbs defeated his Republican challenger, right-wing Holocaust denier Kari Lake, who had won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
Lake has so far refused to accept defeat, call the race a “botched election”.
Ducey, however, acknowledged Hobbs’ victory, saying the contest was a “hard race”.
“Our duty is to ensure that Arizona’s 24th Governor and her team can start and continue our state’s incredible momentum,” Ducey said in a statement posted on her website.
He continued, “We have all waited patiently for the democratic process to unfold. The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision.
Limited-time Ducey had backed Karrin Taylor Robson in the Republican primary over the summer but backed Lake in the general election.
Even though Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, won by a margin of more than 17,000 votes, Lake resisted admitting defeat, calling for a recount in the state’s Maricopa County. Lake seized on reported technical difficulties at 70 county polling places due to faulty printer settings to falsely claim that the problems disproportionately affected conservative precincts, but that turned out to be untrue. Voters were also given other ways to vote.
Ducey certified current President Joe Biden’s victory in the state in the 2020 presidential election, calling the state’s electoral system ‘strong’, despite pressure from Trump pushing false claims of electoral fraud.
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