Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Donald Trump suffered another blow after another of the candidates he supported in the US midterm elections lost in Arizona, according to projections.

Katie Hobbs defeated Republican Kari Lake in the southwestern state’s governor’s race — the first time a Democrat has been elected governor since 2006.

Kari Lake was one of the most prominent Republican candidates on the ballot last Tuesday, and during the campaign she repeatedly repeated Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

The former president has been blamed for Republicans’ poor performance in the midterm elections, including their failure to take control of the US Senate.

The party is still expected to win back the House of Representatives from the Democrats, but by a much smaller margin than predicted.

Hobbs, who is Arizona’s secretary of state, has emerged as a staunch defender of the legitimacy of the 2020 election and has warned that her Republican opponent will be an agent of chaos.

“This wasn’t just about an election — it was about moving this state forward and meeting the challenges of our generation,” Hobbs said in a statement declaring victory.

“Arizonians know BS when they see it,” Lake tweeted after the call. During the campaign, the former TV presenter did not want to say that she would accept the results of her race this year.

Counting of votes continued for days since Tuesday’s election, as officials continued to count the vast amounts of ballots that arrived late.

When a Republican candidate accused the state’s most populous county of “slow-moving” vote counts to skew early election results, a local official fired back.

“Frankly, it’s insulting to Kari Lake to say these people behind me are slow to do this while working 2 to 6 hours” every day, said Bill Gates, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

A former Republican stronghold where Democrats thrived during the Trump era, Arizona has been central to efforts by Trump and his allies to cast doubt on Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory with baseless claims of fraud.

Trump himself was scheduled to make what he teased as a big announcement — widely expected to officially launch this 2024 presidential campaign — later Tuesday.

But Republican politicians and voters appear to be divided — some now backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Only one other US president was elected in two non-consecutive terms – Grover Cleveland in 1884 and 1892.