Taylor Robson says Lake’s ‘meritless’ fraud claims undermine electoral process
Jul 28, 2022, 11:06 AM | Updated: 1:17 pm
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PHOENIX – Karrin Taylor Robson accused Republican Arizona gubernatorial opponent Kari Lake of undermining the electoral process by alleging voter fraud without evidence in the late stages of the campaign.
“These allegations of fraud are meritless, we’ve seen no evidence of that,” Taylor Robson told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Thursday.
“They’re reckless. I mean, it undermines our electoral process, and she should be disqualified for this kind of rhetoric.”
Lake told the Broomhead Show earlier Thursday that she has investigators looking into “some things that are very suspicious and possibly illegal.”
But she wouldn’t provide evidence when asked and said she hasn’t filed an official report with any agency.
“We’re working with our attorneys and our investigators and we’re watching what’s happening and we’re gathering more evidence in order to make that claim,” Lake said.
Thursday’s comments came after Lake said “we are already detecting fraud,” without further explanation, during a campaign appearance Monday in Anthem.
“I’m very concerned with her rhetoric,” Taylor Robson said. “It’s dangerous.”
Election Day is Tuesday, but early voting in Arizona started July 6.
Lake has been the polling leader throughout the campaign, and Taylor Robson has been spending heavily from her family’s fortune to try catching up.
Taylor Robson offered a possible explanation as to why Lake would be making fraud claims before any results are known.
“I mean, she is clearly calculating this narrative to cast as much doubt as possible on the election because she knows she’s not going to win next week.”
When asked to respond to Lake’s comments, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office issued the following statement:
“These statements are unfounded and designed to sow doubt in the process. Our elections are secure and accurate and if voters have questions or concerns, they can reach out to the Secretary of State’s Office or their local election administrator for more information.”