(JustPatriots.com)- A strange anomaly has been uncovered in Maricopa County, Arizona.
This past election, the Lake/Hobbs campaigns were highly contentious, with Hobbs declining to debate Lake over the Republican’s promotion of the ex-flimsy president’s allegations of election fraud in the 2020 election, Lake sparring with several reporters over her election denialism and Hobbs refusing to concede defeat unless she won.
When the dust settled, it appeared that tens of thousands of Maricopa County voters voted for other Republicans but not for Kari Lake, the Trump-backed Republican candidate who lost the 2022 Arizona governor’s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs.
Numerous polling center printers malfunctioned on Election Day, creating votes too light to be adequately seen by the tabulating machines. This caused colossal election day drama in critical Maricopa County. Lake, the Arizona Republican Party, and several other GOP candidates and groups sued Maricopa County on Election Day to prolong the voting period. They were denied.
On election day, county authorities fixed the printer issue, and impacted voters were given the option of going to another polling location nearby or dropping their ballots off in a safe box to be tallied later.
It is unknown who and how many voters were disenfranchised.
Lake subsequently challenged the results of the election. On January 2, 2023, Hobbs took office as governor after both cases were dismissed. But this has not stopped Lake from adamantly claiming victory, referring to herself as the “duly-elected governor of Arizona” and tweeting over the weekend that she “won.”
Some observers say that Lake’s defeat was ultimately caused by her alienation of a sizable portion of her fellow Republicans. Mary Jo Pitzl of the Republic has a theory:
“The data suggest that although Lake says she lost due to printer faults or other concerns in Maricopa County, she might have won had she not alienated voters in the state’s most populated county who supported various other Republican candidates.”
33,000 Maricopa County voters who cast votes for Republicans in six down-ballot elections, like as state treasurer and county attorney, supported Democrat Katie Hobbs. Another almost 6,000 Republican-leaning voters who chose to abstain entirely or write in a candidate added to Lake’s disadvantage, the research showed.
Lake would have won if those votes had supported the GOP ticket. Statewide, she suffered a 17,117 vote loss.
Or, just maybe, Lake is onto something when she says things don’t look right.