Kari Lake election – live: Lake supporters call for military intervention amid fears she may be losing


Bevan Hurley,Alisha Rahaman Sarkar,Rachel Sharp and Gustaf Kilander

Sun, 13 November 2022 at 4:13 pm

Kari Lake supporters have called for military intervention amid fears that she may be losing.

Meanwhile, an Arizona police lab has found nothing in an envelope that the Kari Lake campaign claimed contained a “suspicious” powder.

The letter was sent to the campaign headquarters of Ms Lake in Phoenix, Arizona on 5 November.

A worker said it held a “suspicious white powder”.

Phoenix Police Department communications director Donna Rossi told The Arizona Republic that “the state lab tested the items turned over to them” and that they “determined there was no substance inside”.

Ms Lake is trying to sow doubt in Arizona’s gubernatorial election as Democrat Katie Hobbs extends her lead to 26,979 votes.

A TV host turned Donald Trump ally and election denier, Ms Lake is now trailing, with 49.3 per cent of votes to Ms Hobbs’ 50.7 per cent – with 88 per cent of votes now reported.

The race remains too close to call, with voters likely waiting until next week to learn the result of the race.

Arizona governor’s race

  • Katie Hobbs leads by 27,000 votes
  • Kari Lake says she is ‘100 per cent going to win’
  • Arizona results not expected until next week
  • Katie Hobbs brands Kari Lake ‘unhinged’
  • Kari Lake continues to defend Trump – as GOP turns on former president

Voices: Here’s why the polls were wrong about the midterms

16:00 , Bevan Hurley

Michael Salfino writes:

From large numbers of independent voters to suburban women to younger voters turning up in better-than-expected numbers, the Democrats had some unexpected advantages. And even where Republicans are winning, it may be more due to redistricting than the popularity of their own candidates.

Polls got it wrong about the midterm election results. Here’s why

Lake supporters call for military intervention amid fears she may be losing

15:59 , Gustaf Kilander

In Arizona right now, nobody knows what to think

15:00 , Bevan Hurley

“Two days after the election, Arizona is still counting ballots. Meanwhile, the country watches on. The fight for the Senate seems to have come down to Arizona, its neighboring state of Nevada, and Georgia, which is going to a runoff in December. Nevada and Arizona results are expected soon.

“President Joe Biden won the state of Arizona in 2020 by 0.3 percent of the vote — around 10,000 votes — so every ballot paper does matter.

“Thomas Galvin is a Maricopa County supervisor, a member of the board who oversees Election Day operations. He explained in a phone interview, “The eyes of the world are on this election, and people prize accuracy and it must be treated with the utmost importance. The process is taking a long time because 290,000 mail ballots were dropped off on Election Day, which was a record.”

Read Masada Siegel’s piece for The Independent:

In Arizona right now, nobody knows what to think

Pro-Trump online communities cry foul over lack of a ‘red tsunami’

14:00 , Bevan Hurley

Pro-Trump online communities have reacted with dismay and disbelief to early results in Tuesday’s US midterm elections, blaming voter fraud for the lack of a red wave.

Before many races had even been called, users in far-right Telegram channels and bulletin boards had begun accusing Democrats and establishment Republicans of fixing the race.

Io Dodds took a look at what was being said online.

‘We got cheated’: Pro-Trump online forums in disbelief over lack of a ‘red tsunami’

Kari Lake goes on media blitz to insist she’s already won

13:00 , Bevan Hurley

Right-wing RepublicanKari Lake has gone on a media blitz claiming she has already won the race for governor in Arizona, despite results showing she still trails Katie Hobbs.

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