RNC, Arizona AG nominee team up to contest election results citing ‘errors and inaccuracies’

More than a month after the midterm elections, Republicans are not backing down from the fight in Arizona, with the RNC joining the state’s Republican nominee for attorney general, Abraham Hamadeh, in a lawsuit that alleges that “errors and inaccuracies” in the dismal way in which the election was run may have disenfranchised voters and influenced the results.

This suit follows one that was filed on Nov. 22 and dismissed because, the judge argued, the voting results had yet to be certified.

“Today my campaign along with the Republican National Committee (@GOP) has filed an election contest lawsuit,” Hamadeh tweeted on Friday. “At 511 votes out of 2.5 million our race is the closest statewide race in Arizona history, it is currently undergoing a recount. Every legal vote deserves to be counted.”

The lawsuit makes clear that Hamadeh and the RNC are not alleging any fraud took place.

Republicans “are not, by this lawsuit, alleging any fraud, manipulation or other intentional wrongdoing that would impugn the outcomes of the November 8, 2022, general election,” it reads, according to Fox News.

It does, however, point to “errors and inaccuracies” in places like Maricopa County, where, as BizPac Review reported, long lines and printer issues resulted in chaos on Election Day.

“The cumulative effect of these mistakes is material to the race for Arizona Attorney General, where after the first canvass the candidates are separated by just 511 votes out of more than 2.5 million ballots cast—a margin of two one-hundredths of one percent (0.02%),” the lawsuit argues.

“Maricopa County faced unprecedented and unacceptable issues on Election Day. Arizonans deserved better,” Hamadeh tweeted.

“I’m not desperate to be a politician,” he said in a follow-up tweet. “I’m desperately worried about our country. Right now confidence in our elections are at an all time low due to the hubris and incompetence of election officials to not take legitimate election issues seriously.”

“I jumped in this race because I know how important the rule of law is for a civilized society,” he continued. “I urge all Arizonans to have patience during this time. Laws exist in order to provide justice and the courts are the guardians of justice.”

Hamadeh’s opponent in the race, Democrat Kris Mayes, Secretary of State and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, and county officials from across the state were named in the 30-page complaint, which was filed in Mohave County Superior Court, azcentral.com reports.

The printer problems in Maricopa County alone “could have affected as many as 30% of polling sites and about 6% of the total Election Day ballots cast,” the outlet states.

“Arizonans deserve fair and accurate election results,” tweeted RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Incompetence by election officials can cost votes, and @AbrahamHamadeh’s election is razor-thin. Proud to join with his campaign in filing this election contest.”

For Hamadeh, the lawsuit is about restoring confidence in our nation’s most sacred process.

“If we lose hope in our system we will no longer be that shining city upon a hill. I am fighting this fight to win and to make sure we regain confidence in our elections now and forever,” he stated. “Arizona, I will never stop fighting for you. Let’s roll.”

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