by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 19, 2022) — Oral argument in the case brought by Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on the defendant’s Motion to Dismiss is ongoing as of 12:07 p.m. EST, with the live link here:

As of that time, attorneys for defendant Katie Hobbs, currently the secretary of state and the declared winner of the governor’s race, are arguing to the judge that the claims Lake’s case makes are without merit.

Hearings in the case began last week, with Judge Peter Thompson presiding.

Lake claims she would have been deemed the winner had a myriad of problems not occurred, particularly on Election Day in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous and heavily-leaning Republican county.

According to the suit, there were nearly 300,000 ballots counted lacking a chain of custody. The difference between the two candidates was reported by Hobbs’s office as approximately 17,000.

Hobbs’s attorneys have asked the court to not only dismiss the case, but to also allow them to “file for sanctions” against Lake’s legal team.

Lake’s lawsuit can be read here:

The hearing concluded at 12:21 p.m. EST.

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