Kari Lake files lawsuit against Arizona elections officials

Lake joins the ranks of several GOP candidates refusing to accept election results.

 Republican nominee for Arizona governor Kari Lake speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas (photo credit: GETTY IMAGES)
Republican nominee for Arizona governor Kari Lake speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas
(photo credit: GETTY IMAGES)

Defeated Republican candidate Kari Lake sued state elections officials on Friday, challenging the counting and certification of the midterm election and asking an Arizona superior court to declare her the winner, Washington Post reported on Friday.

The suit targets Lake's opponent, Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, who is currently Arizona's secretary of state, along with top officials in Maricopa County, the report said.

The report, citing a 70-page lawsuit, asks for an order "declaring that Kari Lake is the winner of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election," or alternatively throwing out the results and requiring Maricopa county to conduct a new election.

Lake had been expected to file the suit, which came after Arizona's election results were certified on Monday, Washington Post said.

Lake and Trump

During November, Trump-backed Lake lost the governor's race to Democrat Hobbs following which she refused to concede and continued making unconfirmed claims about election improprieties on her Twitter feed.

 FORMER US president Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Ohio ahead of the midterm elections last month in support of Republican candidates.  (credit: Gaelen Morse/Reuters) FORMER US president Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Ohio ahead of the midterm elections last month in support of Republican candidates. (credit: Gaelen Morse/Reuters)

Lake, a former television news anchor, was one of a string of Trump-aligned Republican candidates who lost battleground state races.