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Arizona Republicans pick former Trump aide Jeff DeWit to lead state party in landslide vote

Phoenix — Arizona Republicans on Saturday selected former state treasurer and Donald Trump aide Jeff DeWit to be the party's next chairman, turning to a familiar face with relationships across the fractured party after its worst election in decades. DeWit replaces firebrand Trump ally Kelli Ward, who helped the former president in his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss and was a vocal proponent of his false claim that the election results were fraudulent. She broke with precedent in last year's primary, openly promoting a slate of election deniers who went on to lose the general election in November. "I'm going to work for you and we're going to unify," DeWit said after winning. "And we're going to get back to beating Democrats and winning elections." ...
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Kari Lake’s lawsuit over defeat in Arizona governor’s race thrown out by judge

A judge has thrown out Republican Kari Lake's challenge of her defeat in the Arizona governor's race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, rejecting her claim that problems with ballot printers at some polling places on Election Day were the result of intentional misconduct. In a decision Saturday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson, who was appointed by then-Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, found that the court did not find clear and convincing evidence of the widespread misconduct that Lake had alleged had affected the result of the 2022 general election.Following Thompson's decision, Lake said on Twitter that she would appeal. Lake, who lost to Hobbs by just over 17,000 votes, was among the most vocal 2022 Republicans promoting former President...
10 Republicans on the ballot who were at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
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10 Republicans on the ballot who were at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

At least 10 Republican candidates who won primaries for statewide or federal office this year have claimed they were in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump marched to the Capitol to interrupt the peaceful transition of power and the ensuing riot eventually turned violent. Five people died in connection with the riot, including a police officer. Another four officers died by suicide in the days, weeks and months after the assault on the Capitol.All 10 non-incumbent candidates have denied or cast doubt on the 2020 election results. Three of the 10 candidates could win congressional seats in November, which would take them from election-denying protesters to sitting members of Congress. Another stands to become the chief election officia...
Arizona prosecutors want 66-year-old grandmother to go to prison for collecting 4 ballots in 2020
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Arizona prosecutors want 66-year-old grandmother to go to prison for collecting 4 ballots in 2020

A parade of character witnesses provided a judge Thursday with glowing reports about a southern Arizona woman who admitted to collecting four early ballots in the 2020 primary election as her lawyer seeks leniency and prosecutors urge him to send her to prison for a year. Testimony in Yuma County Superior Court painted a picture of Guillermina Fuentes as filled with remorse and a pillar of small border community of San Luis.The 66-year-old mother and grandmother, witnesses said, has spent her life helping others while raising her children, caring for her aging mother and building a business.Prison or jail time, they said, would hurt the community and serve no purpose. Fuentes is a school board member and former mayor in San Luis who has pleaded g...
Pence, GOP establishment aim to block Trump ally in Arizona governor’s race
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Pence, GOP establishment aim to block Trump ally in Arizona governor’s race

Former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed a candidate to take on former President Trump's favored candidate in the Arizona governor's race. He joins the state's incumbent governor, Doug Ducey, in backing Karrin Taylor Robson against former TV news anchor Kari Lake.Pence said in a statement that Robson "is the only candidate for Governor that will keep Arizona's border secure and streets safe, empower parents and create great schools, and promote conservative values." Karrin Taylor Robson campaign Robson called Pence a "warrior for the conservative values we hold most dear: the sanctity of Life, limited government; law and order; opportunity for all; vigorous defense of the 2n...