Kari Lake on Nov. 12 cut into the lead that fellow Arizona gubernatorial hopeful Katie Hobbs currently holds in the race to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
Lake gained 3,614 more votes than Hobbs in the latest round of votes reported by election officials.
Hobbs still leads by about 34,100 votes, according to unofficial results from the office of the Arizona secretary of state.
More than 85,000 ballots were added to the tally.
Lake, 53, a former television anchor, has repeatedly said she thinks she’ll win once all the votes are counted.
“We’re very confident that these counts are going to start going heavily our way and we will win this,” the GOP candidate said on Fox News on Friday.
Hobbs, 52, Arizona’s secretary of state, said in a video message late Saturday that “we are still awaiting final results but spirits on Team Hobbs are high.”
Most of the newly reported ballots are from Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, which is still counting ballots days after the Nov. 8 midterms.
“We continue to process through the ballots and tabulate the ballots and report new numbers, and we’re going to continue to do that in a way that is moving along very efficiently and also ensuring that all these votes are counted accurately,” Bill Gates, the Republican chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors, told reporters earlier on Saturday.
Officials are still counting several categories of ballots, including mail-in ballots and ballots that voters were forced to leave in secure portions of tabulators after tabulators across the county stopped working on election day.
Approximately 87.6 percent of the ballots have been counted, officials said after the latest update.
Of the 266,763 uncounted ballots, 93 percent were in Maricopa County or Pima County, according to estimates provided by Hobbs’s office. Both represent are the state’s most populated areas.
Pima County officials also reported some ballots on Saturday and, like Maricopa, plan to continue counting on Sunday. Officials in both counties have said work will likely continue into next week.
Of the other races for Arizona posts, Democrat Adrian Fontes maintained a large lead for secretary of state and Republican Kimberly Yee maintained a large lead for state treasurer. The lead that Democrat Kris Mayes has for attorney general over Republican hopeful Abraham Hamadeh dwindled by about about 4,500 votes to 20,810 votes.
Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), meanwhile, saw his lead over Republican challenger Blake Masters swell by another 29,500. Kelly leads by more than 131,000 votes, and outlets have called the race for him.
Masters said in a statement Saturday that “we are going to make sure that every legal vote is counted.”
“If, at the end, Senator Kelly has more of them than I do, then I will congratulate him on a hard-fought victory,” he added. “But voters decide, not the media; let’s count the votes.”
It has been said many times over decades of decades, its not how many votes are cast for any particular candidate, its who counts the ballots that wins.
Come on….Kari Lake is on fire, the only way she can lose to a dimwit who doesn’t have the courage to debate. What a fiasco! There is NO way possible that Katie Hobbs in the basement with Hidin Biden won this election.
Bill Gates should never be allowed to be near anything to do with voting or anything else
If I needed to move my residence Arizona is the last place that I would consider moving to. I now believe that elections in some communist places are less corrupt than in Arizona.
The demoncrats are cheating! The machines are corrupt!!