Hobbs beats Lake in Arizona governor’s race
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was elected Governor. This is the latest victory for Democrats in a state that has changed from a battleground to a solid red state in recent years.
Hobbs defeated Republican Kari lake, a former TV news anchor. She refused to accept the results of her race during the campaign as she repeated Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 elections were rigged.
Hobbs stated Monday night that it was more than an election. He claimed victory in a statement.
Lake was determined.
After the race, she tweeted that “Arizonans recognize BS when it appears”
Hobbs will become the first Democrat to be Arizona’s chief executive officer since Janet Napolitano, who was elected to serve in 2009 as President Barack Obama’s DHS Secretary. She beat Blake Masters, a Republican challenger.
The governor-elect tweeted, “Democracy worth the wait,” as the race was called six days after closing voting.
This month, Democrats won governorships in Massachusetts and Maryland while Republicans won one in Nevada.
Hobbs held the lead since election night. Hobbs had held the lead since election night.
The two candidates did not meet face-to-face during the campaigns. Hobbs refused to debate Lake.
Hobbs made access to abortion access a priority issue in her campaign. Arizona is facing an outright ban. Hobbs stated on CBS’ Face the Nation that she supports letting the decision between a woman & her doctor be left to the women and leaving the politicians out.
Arizona’s gubernatorial race is one of the most closely followed races in the country during this election cycle. Polls showed the candidates tied throughout the campaign.
Rallies by high-profile politicians, including Trump and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Sen. Ted Cruz (R.Texas), as well as former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, were not enough to propel Lake into victory. Obama visited Phoenix before the election in an effort to win over Hobbs and other Democrats.
Some GOP members in Arizona, including Mesa Mayor John Giles broke with their party and endorsed Hobbs last October. The term-limited Republican governor. Doug Ducey supported Lake’s primary opponent Karrin Robson but ultimately supported Lake in the general elections.
Arizona Republicans scored two wins Monday night. Rep. David Schweikert, Juan Ciscomani and Juan Sanchezmani were declared winners Monday night in the two state House races. These two victories put Republicans at 214 seats. They need 218 to win the majority in Congress.