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Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake delivered what she called “good news” to Republicans on Thursday night about the closely-watched race in Arizona.
During an interview on Fox News, Lake spoke about her close gubernatorial race in Arizona against Democrat Katie Hobbs, which still has not yet been called. Lake said she believed that she would get a majority of the remaining votes, which she expects would put her in the lead to win the race.
Below is a transcript of the exchange, via Grabien:
HANNITY: “But back to our top story. All eyes are on Arizona and Nevada. These two states will decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. There are also two major gubernatorial races that are still hanging in the balance. In Arizona, Kari Lake is confident the remaining votes will put her over the top, but it will take days or however long it takes and at what cost. Here now with the very latest, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. This is a national disgrace.”
LAKE: “It’s not my fault. I’m the one who’s — I’m really suffering because we worked hard on that campaign, our followers have been so passionate and they’re waiting on pins and needles. I want them to know tonight I’m 100% confident we win this. People are so distrustful of our elections that they wanted to hand-deliver their mail-in ballot. And when they did that, we overwhelmed the system and they don’t have enough people to count them. This is why we need to reform our election laws, Sean. When they count those, by the way, we’re expecting them to go possibly 70% for us, maybe more.”
Lake spoke with reporters on Tuesday afternoon and she wasted little time setting the record straight after a reporter asked her about potentially being picked to be Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate.
“I’m going to do two terms. I’m going to be your worst frickin’ nightmare for 8 years, and we will reform the media as well. We are going to make you guys into journalists again. So, get ready. It’s going to be a fun 8 years.”
A reporter went on to ask Lake: “Just curious, your attorney had mentioned maybe a possible silver lining with the issues that you will be able to move about town and kind of shake hands and talk to some of the people in line. Could you elaborate on your plans later today.”
“We are going to encourage people to stay in line, we are going to vote and stay in line and the people of Arizona would walk over hot coals and they would walk over broken glass to vote today and I know that they can stand in line for a couple hours if they have to. I know they’ll stand in line for eight hours if they have to. And they will vote and my message to the people of Arizona is do not get out of line until you have cast your vote. Do not get out of line until you have cast your vote. Things are looking very good for us. They may be trying to slow a red tsunami but it’s coming, and we are going to take back Arizona and I know that people are out voting, take food, wear comfortable shoes, take some water and just stay in line, Arizona, and vote. Vote, vote, vote, we have to vote today,” Lake responded.
Kari Lake to reporter:
“I’m going to do two terms. I’m going to be your worst frickin’ nightmare for 8 years, and we will reform the media as well. We are going to make you guys into journalists again. So, get ready. It’s going to be a fun 8 years.”pic.twitter.com/UeaSoeOKoD
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 8, 2022
Over the weekend, Lake broke her silence after police responded to “suspicious” items that were mailed to her campaign headquarters over the weekend.
In response to questions from reporters, the former Phoenix-area newscaster said that some staffers were exposed to a white powdery substance before police and the FBI were summoned.
“I have been so busy campaigning. This happened. I was not in the office. One of our wonderful staffers, a couple of them, were actually exposed,” Lake said following a campaign event in Queen Creek, Fox News Digital reported. “And so far, they’re doing okay. We’re monitoring them, and we want to make sure that everything’s okay.”
She went on to say that initially, the substance was to be sent to an FBI lab in Quantico, Va., but was rerouted to a closer facility instead.
“So we’re going to find out what it was,” she said, adding that the incident over the weekend was not the first time that her campaign was targeted.
“But listen, we’re in dangerous times,” she continued. “This is not the first time we’ve been threatened.
“I’ve been threatened many times. Our tires have been slashed. We’ve had screws drilled into our tires so that our tires would blow out while we’re on the road,” Lake added. “We are living in dangerous times, and that’s why we need to elect somebody who’s strong and a fighter and not a coward. We’ll get to the bottom of this. I really don’t want to get too far ahead of it.”
“The employee then noticed a second package that was exactly like the first one she had opened, and she reported it,” the source said.
The FBI, a hazmat team, and a bomb squad responded to the scene and the FBI took the substance.