Despite the Arizona gubernatorial election being called on Monday night, Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs’s ‘victory’ may not be final for another few weeks.
The race for Arizona Governor was tight between Hobbs Republican candidate Kari Lake, with a possible recount in the next few days.
Meanwhile, a group of citizens in Arizona released a statement calling for an entirely new election.
According to The Washington Examiner:
A new state law allows a recount to be made in an election if votes are separated by 0.5 percentage points, widening the possibility of a recount from the previous distance of 0.1 percentage points, according to AZ Family.
Christine Jones, a former congressional candidate said: “If it’s around 10,000 votes, certainly a recount probably won’t result in a change, but if your race is decided by single digits, like mine was, then, of course, you want it to be recounted.”
The outlet continued:
Jones ran for the Republican candidacy for Arizona’s 5th District in 2016, losing the primary to Andy Biggs by only 16 votes. Biggs’s razor-thin victory meant that Jones was eligible for a recount, though that recount led to Biggs expanding his lead to a victory of 27 votes, with Jones stating that it was “a lot of effort for that small of a difference.”
According to Maricopa County’s director of Election Day and emergency voting, Scott Jarrett, automatic recounts can only be initiated after the Secretary of State’s Office begins its canvass on Dec. 5 – meaning the process could drag on until Dec. 30.
Jarrett said up to 3 million votes could be cast in Arizona, which means the number of votes needed for an automatic recount would be 15,000 – Axios reported.
Before Hobbs’s victory was declared, the Democrat led the race with over 26,000 votes and one percentage point lead ahead of Lake.
Although Lake gained ground in catching up with her opponent, the margin of victory between the two may not be sufficient for a recount, AZ Central reported.
As Breitbart notes: Lake, a former Fox 10 Phoenix anchor of 22 years whom former President Donald Trump endorsed, looked to be one of the top Republican candidates in the country with her outstanding communication skills and the enthusiasm among her base. Her loss comes after she led in the vast majority of polls that were posted to FiveThirtyEight’s website in the lead-up to the election