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  • Writer's pictureMary Jones

Kari Lake Challenges Judge's Ruling on Arizona Election Lawsuit

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has filed an appeal against a Maricopa County judge’s ruling to dismiss her lawsuit challenging the midterm election results.

Lake filed a notice of appeal with the same Arizona Superior Court judge on Tuesday to challenge the dismissal of her case. Lake will also seek a direct review by the Arizona Supreme Court, according to a court filing.

Arizona Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson first ruled against Lake’s election case on Dec. 24, confirming the election of Katie Hobbs as Arizona governor-elect. He ordered Hobbs’s side to file a statement of costs and motion for sanctions before Dec. 26.

Her filing comes hours after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson closed her case, which played out over a two-day trial and then a holiday weekend of court filings between plaintiff's attorneys and defense attorneys over sanctions and legal fees.

“I am standing up for the people of this state, the people who were done wrong on Election Day and the millions of people who live outside of Maricopa County, whose vote was watered down by this bogus election in Maricopa County,” Lake said in an appearance on Stephen Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, which she shared to her Twitter feed on Tuesday.

Lake is asking the Appeals Court to examine Thompson's dismissal of eight of her original 10 complaints, Thompson's Dec. 24 ruling rejecting the remaining two counts and Tuesday's decision on fees — essentially questioning every decision he made in her case.

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