Democrat Katie Hobbs defeats Trump ally Kari Lake in the contest for governor of Arizona.




According to CBS News’ projections, Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs has defeated Republican Kari Lake in the campaign for governor of Arizona.

As a result, Ms. Lake, who promoted the hoax that Donald Trump won the 2020 US election, is called out.

At her acceptance speech, Ms. Hobbs pledged to work for all residents of the state “in this moment of divide.”

Nearly a week after the votes were cast, the battle for control of the House of Representatives is still close.

Republicans’ chances of taking control of the House of Representatives have significantly diminished; they must now win at least 218 seats.

It’s reported that, Democrats presently hold 215 of the seats gained by the party.

The party has currently won 215 seats while Democrats have won 211, according to race projections from CBS News.

In a midterm election that has further highlighted the stark partisan divisions in America, Ms Hobbs called for unity, saying she would work for those Arizonans who did not vote for her.

“Even in this moment of division, I believe there is so much more that connects us,” she said.


Her opponent, Ms Lake – who was endorsed by Mr Trump – told the BBC during campaigning that the former president should not need to run again in the 2024 election because “he won the last election”. She predicted he would “come back with a vengeance”.

There is no evidence that the 2020 election was stolen.

Meanwhile, Democrats retained control of the Senate, Congress’ upper chamber.

The Biden administration had feared that a loss of power in Congress would bring the president’s agenda to a halt.

If the two parties split control of Washington, Democrats will “maintain our positions” but voters should not “expect much of anything”, President Biden said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Indonesia, where he is attending the G-20 summit, Mr Biden said the results had “sent a very strong message around the world that the United States is ready to play” and wants to remain “fully engaged in the world”.

He noted there was “a strong rejection” of election denialism, political violence and voter intimidation. But he warned that, without a majority in the House, Democrats would be unable to codify abortion rights through legislation, a key priority for liberal voters.


Out of the 11 House races that still remain to be called, most are in western and southwestern states, including California and Arizona.

The latter’s race for governor is also too close to call, with Republican Kari Lake – a chief proponent of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump – trailing Democrat Katie Hobbs.


The loss for Ms Lake sees her join the ranks of pre-eminent Trump-backed election deniers who lost last week.

But a BBC News tally of results found at least 125 election deniers have won races for the House, Senate and governorships.

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