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Hobbs ‘disappointed’ Ducey wouldn’t put election conspiracies to rest

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PHOENIX — Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is disappointed in Gov. Doug Ducey for not denouncing the validity of election conspiracies that have contributed to her receiving death threats.

Ducey, in a press conference Wednesday, sharply criticized those who have directed threats at Hobbs, her family and staff, but refused to go as far to say election validity challenges have no merit.

Hobbs told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Thursday that a strong stand against the conspiracies would help dispel those who still believe the election was rigged.

To date, there has been no evidence of voter irregularities in Arizona regarding the Nov. 3 election.

“I was disappointed he didn’t come outright and say our elections were conducted with integrity,” Hobbs said. “There is no problem with the process. The laws were followed. The system worked the way it was supposed to work.”

Hobbs said that threats — including protesters showing up to her home Tuesday night — have escalated since the election.

Continued attempts to show voter fraud in Arizona have proven to be a futile exercise.

On Thursday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge rejected a Republican lawsuit attempting to halt certification of election results.

Judge John Hanna did not provide an explanation for the ruling but did say the GOP’s request to amend the lawsuit was futile and prohibited the party from refiling the suit.

Ducey said he would honor the results of the election after all legal challenges played out.

“I think the lack of elected leaders willing to stand up and defend the integrity of our elections…is really helping to fuel the conspiracy theories,” Hobbs said.

“I think it would make a strong statement if governor would stand up and say, ‘no, this is baseless.'”

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