Democrat Katie Hobbs defeated Republican Kari Lake to win the governorship of Arizona, following a bruising campaign that included harsh accusations, dramatic swings in the polls, and zero debates.
Decision Desk HQ projects Katie Hobbs (D) elected governor in Arizona.
R to D Flip.#DecisionMade: 8:50pm EST
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Hobbs’ campaign suffered from its candidate’s refusal to meet Lake in a one-on-one debate. Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, claimed that debating Lake, who she branded a “conspiracy theorist,” would only “lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling.” She said such an event would not be useful to Arizona voters. But even the media, which sparred frequently with Lake, questioned the strategy.
“If Katie Hobbs loses, remember Oct. 12 – the