PHOENIX ( Associated Press) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, saying her claims that problems with some printers on Election Day were intentionally unfounded.
Judge Peter Thompson ruled that there was no clear or compelling evidence of any illegality in last November’s election, as Lake alleged.
Thompson of Maricopa County and appointed by then-Republican Gov. Jane Brewer, determined that the witnesses presented by Lake had no personal knowledge of any malicious or illegal activity.
“This court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in lieu of clear and compelling evidence,” Thompson said.
Lake was defeated by Democrat Katie Hobbs by just over 17,000 votes. Since then she has been one of the staunchest supporters of the lie promoted by former President Donald Trump that he won the 2020 presidential election.
While most other Republicans conceded defeat after the November election, Lake refused to do so. Instead, he asked the judge to declare him the winner or order another election in Maricopa County.
In his ruling, the judge acknowledged the “anger and frustration” of voters who faced inconvenience at the polls and asserted that nullification of election results “has never happened in the history of the United States.”
“But the duty of this court is not merely to hear the grievances of the public,” the judge continued. “It is also for the Court to examine in the light of and law the submissions of the accused party and the arguments of the accused party.”