Arizona on Monday officially certified the 2022 election.
Democrat Katie Hobbs, who oversaw the election as Secretary of State, was declared winner and Arizona governor.
🚨BREAKING: Arizona officials canvass and certify the state's election results. Katie Hobbs is officially governor-elect. Mark Kelley re-elected in landslide.
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) December 5, 2022
“Arizona had a successful election,” Hobbs said.
“But too often throughout the process, powerful voices proliferated misinformation that threatened to disenfranchise voters. Democracy prevailed, but it’s not out of the woods. 2024 will bring a host of challenges from the election denial community that we must prepare for.”
The Hill reported:
Arizona officials certified the state’s vote canvass on Monday, officially declaring winners in the high-profile gubernatorial and Senate races, among other contests, as GOP figures vow to fight the election results in court.
The once low-profile certification process turned into a fierce battle between election officials, Republican candidates and some county boards as the GOP seized on printer malfunctions in the state’s most populous county, in part leading Arizona to become an epicenter for voter disenfranchisement allegations.
Election officials have acknowledged mishaps but insist no voter was disenfranchised. Some GOP figures and their supporters claimed officials were lying, unsuccessfully calling on county boards to not certify their canvasses in recent days before turning their ire to Monday’s state-level certification.
But Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who is now governor-elect, Gov. Doug Ducey (R), state Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel still met to canvass last month’s election on Monday, a timeline mandated by state law.
The certification paves the way for automatic recounts to begin in three close races — attorney general, state superintendent and a state House seat near Phoenix — and officials signed certificates of election for the other contests.
Hobbs’s team will now go before a state judge, who is poised to officially order the three recounts.
But Monday’s meeting is also likely to spark multiple GOP-led lawsuits, as gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R), who lost to Hobbs, and attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh (R), who trails his Democratic rival by the slimmest of margins ahead of the automatic recount, promise to take legal action.
Republicans are expected to fight the results in court after Election Day tabulators across Maricopa County were not working.
This started with a single location. Then a few. Now, it's sounding as if this is widespread and very serious. https://t.co/4b5CmdUjnu
— Rich Baris "The People's Pundit" (@Peoples_Pundit) November 8, 2022
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has vowed to continue fighting.
“I want you to know that I am firmly in this fight with you,” Lake said.
“I want you to know that I am firmly in this fight with you,” Lake said.#Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate @KariLake has not conceded, even after #MaricopaCounty certified its election results in favor of Democrat @KatieHobbs. https://t.co/qXWrRWkPi5
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 29, 2022