Ducey called to congratulate Hobbs the day after The Associated Press and other news outlets announced the race, but had not made a public statement on the result before Wednesday.
Ducey was co-chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which spent more than $10 million on television ads attacking Hobbs, but he was not an enthusiastic supporter of Lake. He endorsed his rival in the Republican primary, and while he endorsed the entire Republican ticket for the general election, he did not campaign with Lake.
Hobbs, currently secretary of state, has formed a transition team that is vetting potential staffers and preparing for her to become the first Democrat to hold the state’s highest office since Janet Napolitano stepped down as US Homeland Security secretary. USA after the 2008 election.
The Ducey-Hobbs meeting came a day after the Republican National Committee and Republican candidate for Arizona attorney general Abraham Hamadeh filed an election challenge on his race, which is scheduled for an automatic recount with Hamadeh losing by 510. votes.
That challenge, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges a variety of issues that affected the outcome of the extremely close race. He says some ballots were counted that shouldn’t have been while others were rejected when they should have been counted. He alleges that poll workers made mistakes in duplicating ballots that could not be read by electronic tabulators and in determining voter intent when the ballots were ambiguous.
The lawsuit also claims that some voters in Maricopa County were denied the opportunity to vote because of a widely publicized problem at some polling places where printers produced ballots with markings that were too light to be read by the tabulators at the polls. place. Some voters who experienced problems left without voting and did not check with poll workers, so they were unable to vote elsewhere because the county’s computer system shows them as voters.
The lawsuit says Hamadeh and the RNC are not “alleging any fraud, manipulation, or other willful wrongdoing that would impugn the results of the November 8, 2022 general election.”
“Arizona voters demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials,” Hamadeh said in a statement.
Democrat Kris Mayes will ask a judge to throw out Hamadeh’s complaint, Mayes’ attorney Dan Barr said.
“Abe Hamadeh’s allegation is devoid of factual facts,” Barr said in a statement. “It does not plausibly allege that errors in the administration of the election actually occurred, and if they did, they would have made any difference to the outcome.”