Ducey called to congratulate Hobbs the day after The Associated Press and other news outlets announced the race, but he had not made a public statement about the result before Wednesday.
Ducey was co-chair of the Republican Governors Association, which spent more than $10 million on television commercials attacking Hobbs, but he was not an enthusiastic supporter of Lake. He backed their rival in the GOP primary, and while he backed the entire GOP general election ticket, he didn’t fight with Lake.
Hobbs, currently Secretary of State, has formed a transition team to review potential associates and prepare for her to become the first Democrat to hold the state’s top office since Janet Napolitano resigned as US Secretary of Homeland Security after the 2008 election.
The Ducey-Hobbs meeting came a day after the Republican National Committee and GOP nominee for Arizona Attorney General Abraham Hamadeh filed an election challenge in his race set for an automatic recount, with Hamadeh winning by 510 votes stays behind.
This challenge, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that a variety of issues affected the outcome of the extremely close race. It states that some ballots were counted when they should not have been counted, while others were rejected when they should have been counted. It is alleged that poll workers made mistakes in duplicating ballots that could not be read by electronic tabs and in determining voter intent when the ballots were ambiguous.
The lawsuit also alleges that some voters in Maricopa County were denied the opportunity to vote because of a widespread problem at some voting centers in which printers produced ballots with markings that were too light to be read by local tabulators . Some voters who experienced problems walked out without voting and didn’t check out with poll workers, leaving them unable to vote elsewhere because the county’s computer system shows them as voting.
The lawsuit states that Hamadeh and the RNC “do not allege fraud, manipulation or other intentional misconduct that would call into question the results of the November 8, 2022 general election.”
“Arizona voters are demanding 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 dismiss Hamadeh’s lawsuit, Maye’s attorney Dan Barr said.
“Abe Hamadeh’s complaint is entirely without fact,” Barr said in a statement. “It is not plausibly claimed that errors in the administration of the election actually occurred, and if they had, that they would have altered the outcome.”