Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake told her supporters, “We are going to win this” at an election night party in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Tuesday, November 8.
Starting her address on Tuesday night, Lake told her supporters: “Guess what, we are going to win this. We are going to win this.”
Lake also addressed issues with tabulation in Maricopa County that had affected voters on election day. The county has since said that all election day ballots were reported.
She went on to address her dissatisfaction with the current electoral system in the state, saying: “The system we have right now does not work. We the people deserve to know on election night the winner and the loser and we will bring that kind of election back to Arizona, I assure you of that.”
Lake has previously refused to answer whether she would concede to Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs if she lost.
Hobbs also addressed the long wait for results, writing on Twitter: “I have every confidence that the counties administering this election conducted a free and fair election, and their results will be accurate. But they will take time, so we need to prepare for a long evening and a few more days of counting.” Credit: Kari Lake via Storyful
KARI LAKE: We had great patriots around this state show up today. It was so amazing. They showed up at the polls early this morning only to be told the election equipment didn't work. Two minutes in-- two minutes into voting, we had people being told, well, you're going to have to put your little ballot over here into another box, guys. The fake media back there tried to tell us we were wrong for asking questions about our elections.
Guess what-- we are going to win this. We are going to win this. How many of you remember a couple of months ago, August 2, the primary election. Wasn't that long ago. We came out and they said, oh wow, they're 10 points down.
The fake news was asking us to concede. And we kept climbing, climbing, climbing. We turned 15 points around. And we won by 5 points.
I just want you to know, it's early. It's very early. And if we have to take this fight through, we will. If it takes hours or days, we will. But the great news is every single drop of election ballots that have come in the last three drops have shown us up 85%, 87%, 81%.
I just want-- I just want the propagandists back there to know, don't embarrass yourselves. Don't embarrass yourselves. Don't do it again. You've done it too many times.
But what I want you to know is that the same movement we had last night at that rally in Prescott, the same movement we had at that rally in Scottsdale, the same movement we had at the rallies we've had before with record people is the same movement we have right this second. Nothing has changed. And-- and I want you to know, we are going to monitor the ballots.
We got to work in this system that we have right now. And as they continue to come in and our numbers go up, up, up like they did last time, when we win, first line of action is to restore honesty to Arizona elections. Now, God did not-- God did not-- God did not put us on this fight because it was going to be easy. Not one thing that we've had to go through has been easy.
We beat back billions of-- we beat back a billionaire in the establishment. Let's just be frank. We have had everyone come against us, tens of millions of in spending coming against us. Nothing has been easy.
When corruption has risen to the level that it's at right now, it takes tough, strong people. Are you tough and strong?
KARI LAKE: Are you willing to continue this fight?
KARI LAKE: Are you willing for incompetency to play itself out and the victory to come at us? I am willing to wait for that. And when we win, and I think it will be within hours-- I think it will be within hours-- we will declare victory and we will get to work turning this around. No more incompetency and no more corruption in Arizona elections.
Now-- I love you. I love you.
- Kari. Kari. Kari. Kari. Kari. Kari. Kari. Kari. Kari.
KARI LAKE: I kind of feel like it's-- it's "Groundhog Day." We had November 3, 2020. That was called Incompetency 101. Then we had August 2, 2022, Incompetency in Elections 202. And now we're at Incompetency in Elections 303.
We need honest elections. And we're going to bring them to you, Arizona. I assure you of that. The system we have right now does not work. We the people deserve to on election night the winner and the loser. And we will bring that kind of election back to Arizona. I assure you of that.
I love you too. I'm looking out-- guys, I'm looking out here at these beautiful faces of the children. Put your hand up if you're a young one in this audience, if you're a child. This is what it is about.
We got involved for our children. And we will not stop fighting until we have every legal vote counted. So we're going to be patient. We're going to be patient, guys. We're going to wait.
Right now, I told you the votes that are coming in are going our way-- 81%, 85%, and 87%. And we will take the victory when it comes. And we will turn this around. Thank you, everybody.
Let the partying begin. We know this movement is just beginning. I love you, Arizona. I love you, Arizona. I love you. Thank you, Arizona.
(SINGING) We're not gonna take it. No, we ain't gonna take it. We're not gonna take it anymore.
Oh, you're so condescending. Your goal is never ending. We don't nothing, not a thing from you.
Your life is trite and jaded, boring and confiscated. If that's your best, your best won't do.
We're right. We're free. We'll fight. You'll see.
We're not gonna take it. No, we ain't gonna take it. We're not gonna take it anymore. We're not gonna take it. No, we ain't gonna take it We're not gonna take it anymore. No way.
We're right. Yeah. We're free. Yeah. We'll fight. You'll see.
We're not gonna take it. No, we ain't going to take it. We're not going to take it anymore. We're not gonna take it. No.
No, we ain't gonna take it. We're not gonna take it anymore. Just you try and make us.
We're not gonna take it. Come on. No, we ain't gonna take it. You're all worthless and weak. We're not gonna take it anymore.