PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) Katie Hobbs appeared on Tuesday morning, after the Associated Press, CBS, and other networks projected Hobbs as the winner of the Arizona gubernatorial election. She declared, “It is an honor to be here before you as Governor-elect Katie Hobbs.”
Hobbs beat Kari Lake, a Republican opponent in a toss-up election. “In this election Arizonans chose to solve our problems rather than believe in conspiracy theories. We chose stability over chaos. Hobbs stated that we chose unity over discord. “But this victory won’t mean that the attacks against democracy will cease today. It is incumbent on us all to defend democracy.
Her message focused mainly on key Democratic points, including reproductive health care. Along with abortion, she says that education, living wages, and jobs are her top priorities. She says that she still wants to be a governor who is open to working with all residents. She said, “For those Arizonans that didn’t vote for me, know that I will work as hard for them.”
Hobbs claims that she focused her campaign on bipartisanship, overcoming gridlock and that she was a strong advocate for bipartisanship. “That’s what Arizonans are known for. We are resilient in the face of difficulties. She said that she was your governor and would do all she can to help you.
Many Arizonans came out of Hobbs’ speech. Lydia Guzman stated that she supports the reproductive care Hobbs is advocating. “This should be a right between a woman’s doctor and her physician. Guzman said, “I mean, I voted for Katie because of that.”
Conrad Carrasco is a Carpenter’s Union member. He says that the Carpenter’s Union is divided on politics, but the final result was more towards Hobbs than Lake. “We don’t vote Democrat. Our membership is 50/50. Carrasco said, “We always leave it up for our members and this is how things turned out.” She supports jobs, wages, and benefits. This is what we strive for.”
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She’s down to earth. She is one of us. We are all union brothers, and she’s been there since the beginning,” stated Jeff Clark (a letter carrier).
Later that day, President Biden called Hobbs from Indonesia in order to express his gratitude.
Hobbs released the first statement shortly after the race had been called at 7:07 p.m. on Monday. It stated that “Democracy was worth the wait.” Arizona, thank you. It is an honor and a great honor to serve as your next Governor.
Lake posted a tweet after the race, suggesting fraud. On Sunday night, she tweeted “Arizonans recognize BS when it sees it.” The Lake campaign did not elaborate further and it is unclear if a call was made to concede the race, or if they will request a recount.
The Associated Press explained the race call to their late-night story. It stated that even though Lake was posting larger margins in Maricopa County vote updates, she wasn’t gaining enough share of the market to surpass Hobbs.
According to Arizona state officials, there are still 43,000 votes in Arizona. This includes more than 17,000 early votes. Hobbs’ margin is less than 20,000 votes. It stands at 1,267.241 compared to Lake’s 1,247.859.