Arizona GOP governor congratulates Hobbs as Lake refuses to concede

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Governor-elect Katie Hobbs is seen on November 5, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said Wednesday that his administration will ensure a smooth transition for the Democratic governor-elect Kate Hobbseven as the defeated Republican candidate Kari Sø refuses to admit.

Driving the news: “We have all been waiting patiently for the democratic process to unfold. The people of Arizona have spoken, their voices have been counted, and we respect their decision,” Ducey said a declaration after meeting Hobbs more than a week later her victory was ready.

A screenshot of a tweet by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey with Governor-elect Katie Hobbs congratulating her on her victory.
Photo: Governor Doug Ducey/Twitter

Link: Ducey called to congratulate Hobbs the day after news media called the race, but had not commented publicly. AP reports.

  • The outgoing governor co-chaired the Republican Governors Association, which spent more than $10 million on ads attacking Hobbs, according to the AP.

But: Although Ducey endorsed the entire Republican ticket for the general election, he did not campaign with Lake, according to the AP.

What he says: “Today I congratulated Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in a hard-fought race and offered my full cooperation as she prepares to take over the leadership of the state of Arizona,” Ducey said.

  • “My administration will work to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible.”

Come quickly with: Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, won the governor’s race against the Trump-backed Lake, becoming the first Democrat in the position since 2006.

  • Lake, a former local television news anchor, was widely seen as a rising star in the MAGA wing of the Republican Party.
  • She indicated that she plans to challenge the results of her loss and has previously refused to commit to accepting the election results if they were not in her favor.

Go deeper: How Kari Lake lost her bid for Arizona governor

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