Judge dismisses Kari Lake, defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate and Trump protege

An Arizona judge dismissed on Saturday, due to lack of evidence, the Republican Kari Lakeprotected from Donald Trump and unsuccessful candidate for governor of this southern state, in her attempt to reverse the results of the November election. The court found no “clear and convincing evidence of professional misconductwhich would have had an impact on the result of the election as advanced by Kari Lake, indicates in his decision the judge Peter Thompson. “In order to restore trust and honesty in our elections, I will appeal this decision“, reacted Kari Lake on Twitter.

The former anchor, who lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by a margin of 17,117 votes, as detailed in the court document, claimed in particular that problems printing ballots in Maricopa County, the most populous in Arizona and which includes the capital city of Phoenix, had been intentional with the purpose of orchestrating his defeat. “The court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in place of clear and convincing evidence“Insisted Judge Thompson, who also confirmed the victory of Ms. Hobbs.

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The gubernatorial ballot was disrupted by technical glitches affecting machines that read or print ballots at about 60 polling stations in Maricopa County, but authorities said that did not prevent voters to vote. The latter had been able to go to other offices, or deposit their ballots in secure boxes.

An emblematic figure of Trumpism, Kari Lake, 53, refused when the results were announced to clearly indicate that she would accept the outcome of the ballot. The one who claims the nickname of “Trump in Japan» which the left has decked her out, also regularly shares the theory of «election fraudlaunched by Donald Trump, that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, despite the lack of evidence.

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