On Monday, a pro-Donald Trump ally who erroneously asserted that the 2020 election will be rigged and refused to declare if she would accept the results of her contest this year was defeated by Democrat Katie Hobbs for governor of Arizona.
The Republican candidate for secretary of state in Arizona, Kari Lake, was predicted to be a harbinger of turmoil by Hobbs, who gained fame as a fierce supporter of the validity of the most recent election.
The election of Hobbs is proof that Trump is pressuring his allies in a vital battleground state as he prepares to declare his candidacy for president in 2024.
She will succeed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, whose re-election was restricted by term limits.
Since Janet Napolitano was elected governor of Arizona in 2006, she has been the state’s first Democratic governor.
Arizona, a former Republican bastion where Democrats gained gains under Trump, has been a focal point of the president’s and his allies attempts to cast doubt on Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential candidacy through fabricated allegations of fraud.
Many of Trump’s preferred candidates this year fell short in general elections in competitive areas, but his choice for governor of Nevada, Republican Joe Lombardo, defeated an incumbent Democrat.
Before entering politics, Hobbs worked as a social worker at a big domestic violence shelter in the Phoenix region and with homeless adolescents.
She was elected to the state legislature in 2010 and served one term in the House before moving up to minority leader after three years in the Senate.
As Arizona became the focal point of Trump and his allies’ efforts to alter the results of the 2020 election he lost, Hobbs, who narrowly won the secretary of state in 2018, was forced into the center of a political storm.
She frequently made appearances on television news to defend the accuracy of the vote count.