Trump attorney Christina Bobb said Kari Lake could still become Arizona governor even if Katie Hobbs is inaugurated next month after her narrow win during the midterms.
Hobbs, Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, narrowly defeated Lake, a Republican supported by former President Donald Trump, to hand over the governorship to Democrats. After losing by only about 17,000 votes, Lake refused to concede the election and filed a lawsuit in early December to overturn the results.
Lake has pointed to problems on Election Day, including voting machine glitches, to argue that GOP voters — who are less likely to vote early — were disproportionately disenfranchised during the midterm election. In her lawsuit, she said voting irregularities “nullified” the result, meaning Lake should be declared the winner or a new election should be held.
However, Arizona election officials have maintained the integrity of the state’s elections and no evidence has been presented to prove there was fraud.
Bobb, who disputed President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, said the legal battle could last for weeks during an appearance on Steve Bannon war room Podcast on Friday.
This means it would take longer than Hobbs’ inauguration, which is scheduled for Jan. 5. However, Bobb said she believes Republicans could still hold the office of governor even after Hobbs is sworn in.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do with the initiation. I don’t expect this to be completed by the 2nd. But I do know there’s a case in Arizona where someone was inducted and then the contest was successful and that governor was removed from office,” Bobb said. “So there’s history for that.”
Bobb appeared to be referring to the case of Thomas Campbell, who was originally declared the winner of the 1917 Arizona gubernatorial campaign. However, a court later sided with his opponent, George Hunt, who challenged the election results. Campbell was then removed from office after serving less than a year.
Bobb added that she’s “not overly concerned” about Hobbs being told, as she believes Lake has a chance of winning her lawsuit.
“As long as Kari Lake wins her competition, she’ll be privy to it,” Bobb said.
Hobbs has condemned Lake’s lawsuit, writing in a statement on her website earlier this month, “Arizonaans made their voices heard and elected Katie Hobbs as their governor well under way on the first day of Katie Hobbs’ term next year.”
Lake doubled down on her stolen election claims on Saturday while speaking at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
“To see them steal that in broad daylight and if they think they can get away with it, they’ve got the wrong ass. OK?” she said.
news week reached out to the Hobbs and Lake campaigns for comment.