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.
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.