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Arizona’s Republican Governor congratulates Hobbs on his victory, while Lake refuses to concede
Arizona’s Republican Governor: Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, congratulated his Democratic successor, Katie Hobbs, on Wednesday after Republican candidate Kari Lake refused to concede the race. Last week, Hobbs was declared the winner of the high-profile race for governor. On Wednesday, Ducey met with her and gave her his full support to start the transition, despite GOP claims that voters were not given the chance to vote.
“Today I congratulated Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in a hard-fought race and offered my full cooperation as she prepares to assume the leadership of the State of Arizona,” Ducey said in a statement. “My administration will work to make this change as smooth and easy as possible,” he said. “It is our job to make sure that Arizona’s 24th Governor and her team can get off to a great start and keep our state’s amazing momentum going.”
Lake, who is a friend of former President Trump, has refused to give up the race, even though Hobbs is ahead of her by about 17,000 votes, which is more than the number that makes a recount happen automatically. Prior to the election, the Arizona Republican declined to say she would accept the results of the race on multiple occasions. Ducey in 2020 had drawn Trump’s ire after refusing to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.
“All of us have waited patiently for the democratic process to play out,” Ducey said. “The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision. No matter who we voted for, all of us have a stake in Arizona’s success. Our future is bright and boundless. Let us never forget that as we begin this next chapter in our state’s history.”