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Kari Lake lawyers ahead of potential legal battle in Arizona gubernatorial race

Arizona Republican Kari Lake is making a lawyer and could try to legally contest the result of the gubernatorial race after officially calling for Democratic governor-elect Katie Hobbs on Monday.

Lake, who was supported by former President Donald Trump, has refused to budge because she claims her voters were unfairly disenfranchised or otherwise experienced delays and disadvantages on Election Day.

“Rest assured, I have assembled the best and brightest legal team and we are exploring every opportunity to right the many wrongs made over the past week,” Lake said in a new video Thursday. “I’m doing everything I can to right these wrongs.”

Arizona Republican Kari Lake at a campaign rally at Legacy Sports USA on October 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.
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She also traveled to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday to await a potential legal battle.

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In the new 2.5 minute video, her latest public commentary, Lake described the long queues voters face as “inexcusable.”

She also pointed out long lines at some polling places and problems with ballot printers at several polling places in Maricopa County.

“What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable,” she said.

Former US President Donald Trump and Republican Kari Lake of Arizona at a campaign rally at Legacy Sports USA on October 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.

Former US President Donald Trump and Republican Kari Lake of Arizona at a campaign rally at Legacy Sports USA on October 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.
(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Republicans in the state asked a judge to extend polling hours because of the trouble, but the request was denied.

Lake also said he had called on Hobbs, the current secretary of state, to withdraw from any role in the election process. The Office of the Secretary of State draws up electoral procedures and certifies equipment. It is not responsible for counting the votes.

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Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor from Arizona, addresses supporters at the Republican guard party in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor from Arizona, addresses supporters at the Republican guard party in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
(AP photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Hobbs’ position helped garner national attention as she defended Arizona’s 2020 election results — which current President Joe Biden backed on Trump, who unsuccessfully tried to overturn the results.

Lake, a former TV news host who stepped down last year after 22 years at the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, decided to run for governor, thanks in part to her strong support for Trump, who returned the favor in her race.

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Trump’s endorsement ultimately helped her win the GOP nomination over a candidate backed by limited-term GOP Governor Doug Ducey.

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