Abe Hamadeh, a Republican aiming for the role of Arizona Attorney General, is the first of his party’s midterm losers to file a lawsuit attempting to prevent the election from being certified.
Along with his opponent, he has included in his list of defendants another Democrat who won her race in Arizona — Katie Hobbs, who will be moving from the role of Secretary of State to Governor.
Hamadeh’s race against Democrat Kris Mayes, who won by 510 votes, is headed for an automatic recount, as state law requires of races that close.
However, Hamadeh isn’t satisfied with that, and claims that the elections were mishandled, altering the outcome.
Although Hobbs is in a natural position to land in the defendant list on such a lawsuit, holding the position that oversees elections, she’s also in a unique position as another Democrat who defeated an election denier.
Her opponent, too, is making big claims about disenfranchised voters and sowing distrust in elections, despite a judge already ruling that there’s no evidence any voters were denied an opportunity to vote, and accusing Hobbs (without evidence) of abusing her position.
Hamadeh’s lawsuit makes similar claims, and the Republican National Committee has joined the case to back him up.
He’s asking a court to forbid the Secretary of State from certifying the election, and force Mayes to concede to him — even though the filing also admits he’s not making any allegations of fraud.
The Washington Post shares a response from the Secretary of State’s spokesperson:
“The Office believes the lawsuit is legally baseless and factually speculative,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post.
“None of the claims raised warrant the extraordinary remedy of changing the election results and overturning the will of Arizona voters.”
Though Hamadeh tweeted the first page of his lawsuit, naming parties to the case, he didn’t share with his followers the text of the lawsuit itself, wherein he admits he’s not alleging any intentional wrongdoing or manipulation of the election.
In the tweet itself, he accused officials of “gross incompetence and mismanagement” and declared that he’s seeking “justice” for his voters.
Arizonans demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials. I will not stop fighting until ALL voters receive justice.
See you in court. pic.twitter.com/5jJ6WWt8IK
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) November 23, 2022
Lake has hinted that she intends to fight her election outcome too, but has not taken her claims to court.