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Republican candidate Kari Lake has narrowed the gap in the closely-watched Arizona gubernatorial race.
“The nation’s last undecided race for governor got even closer Sunday as Democrat Katie Hobbs’ lead shrank against Republican Kari Lake in the race to lead Arizona, but it was too early to call. Hobbs led by 26,000 votes, a 1 point margin, down about 10,000 votes from a day earlier,” the Associated Press reported.
“Lake has never led in the race but insists that she’ll take the lead as early ballots dropped off at polling places are added to the tally. She won a majority of the 99,000 votes reported in Maricopa County on Sunday, but it’s not clear if she’ll be able to narrow the gap with the roughly 160,000 remaining to be counted statewide,” the AP reported.
“The Associated Press has not yet called the race because there are still too many votes left to count to conclude Hobbs’ lead is insurmountable. Democrats won the races for U.S. Senate and secretary of state in Arizona, but Lake is doing better than the Republicans in those races. A former television anchor, Lake is well known in much of the state and drew a fervent following among supporters of former President Donald Trump. Maricopa County officials reported that a record number of early ballots were dropped off at the polling place on Election Day, delaying the count while officials verify they’re legitimate,” the outlet added.
The AP reported that Lake is now only down roughly 26,000 votes and that the race has not been called because it is too close.
For her part, Lake believes she is about to get a considerable boost.
Lake latched on to a prediction from a noted data analyst and expert for a local outlet who tweeted on Saturday that potentially thousands of ballots favorable to her and other Republicans were about to drop.
“From the data guru himself,” Lake tweeted, citing ABC15’s Garrett Archer, quoting something he tweeted: “‘The GOP cavalry is coming.’”
“Buckle up, boys and girls. It’s about to get fun!” she added, along with an American flag emoji.
From the Data Guru himself:
“The GOP cavalry is coming”
Buckle up, boys and girls.
It’s about to get fun! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/iufPIhroUb
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 12, 2022
Archer, a former elections official in the state, tweeted earlier: “This is also big. The next batch of 114k late early drop-offs that were transmitted to the elections department will break in favor of @KariLake. Important note: We do not know when these ballots will be tabulated, but the GOP cavalry is coming.”
He noted late Saturday evening: “Being that guy again. Today’s 85K batch only included a portion of this 114K. The reason you haven’t seen any calls, is b/c The agencies know this is coming. It’s not a question that Rs will win the next batches. Only a question of by how much.”
👋. Being that guy again.
Today's 85K batch only included a portion of this 114K. The reason you haven't seen any calls, is b/c The agencies know this is coming.
It's not a question that Rs will win the next batches. Only a question of by how much. https://t.co/ZUnoNIHwb9
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) November 13, 2022
Conservative Brief could not independently verify his information.
Lake delivered “good news” to Republicans on Thursday night about the closely-watched race in Arizona.
During an interview on Fox News, Lake spoke about her close gubernatorial race in Arizona against Democrat Katie Hobbs, which still has not yet been called. Lake said she believed that she would get a majority of the remaining votes.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Lake shot down reported rumors that she was considering becoming Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate.
Lake spoke with reporters on Tuesday afternoon and she wasted little time setting the record straight after a reporter asked her about potentially being picked to be Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate.
“I’m going to do two terms. I’m going to be your worst frickin’ nightmare for 8 years, and we will reform the media as well. We are going to make you guys into journalists again. So, get ready. It’s going to be a fun 8 years,” she said, adding that she planned to provide supporters with some voting advice.
“We are going to encourage people to stay in line, we are going to vote and stay in line, and the people of Arizona would walk over hot coals, and they would walk over broken glass to vote today, and I know that they can stand in line for a couple of hours if they have to. I know they’ll stand in line for eight hours if they have to,” she told a reporter.