Twenty-four hours after polling closed in the GOP primary for Arizona’s governor, the race is too close to announce, but Fox News host Laura Ingraham and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich complained Wednesday that the Absence of a result was “crazy” and “obscene”, “a disgrace” and “deeply wrong”.
Former President Donald Trump’s pick for the seat, Kari Lake, which alleged voter fraud about a week before Election Day, has a slight lead over former Vice President Mike Pence’s pick, Karrin Taylor Robson, with about 82 percent of the votes counted. During her 10 p.m. broadcast, Ingraham said a new set of votes had been reported in Maricopa County, with Robson now leading there by less than 1 percentage point.
“The district says it can release updated figures around 10pm tomorrow. This is great for us because our show starts at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time,” the Fox host said. “But I spoke to Newt about it [Sean] Hanny. It is obscene that in the greatest country on earth we cannot count our votes on election day and report on election night. What the heck is going on and why is this still not fixed?”
Gingrich claimed the situation was “crazy,” and suggested that if the winner of the French presidential election (which allowed only in-person ballots) could be determined on election night, Arizona’s results should be known immediately. (However, that result was a comfortable 17 percentage point margin of victory for incumbent Emmanuel Macron.)
“Something’s not right with the way we’re going about this all and I think it’s going to be interesting to watch tomorrow because there are other counties that Lake has been leading by a pretty good margin and I think they are don’t finish reporting either,” Gingrich said. “So who knows what the final number will be sometime tomorrow. And you’re right: it’s crazy that they can’t just pull this off.”
Notable Arizona races called include that of Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who testified before the Jan. 6 committee about Trump’s efforts to get him to annul the 2020 election and promptly from the state GOP was reprimanded. Bowers lost to a Trump-backed opponent.
Also on the losing side was Ron Watkins, the alleged founder of the QAnon conspiracy theory, who failed to get more than 4 percent of the vote in the state’s 2nd congressional district.
Mark Finchem, who supports the former President’s lies about the 2020 election, has won his first race as Secretary of State, taking one step closer to overseeing the election process.
After Arizona residents cast their ballots in November 2020, it was the Fox News Decision Desk that first called the state on election night for Biden — a move that many Fox figures, and of course Trump, didn’t sit well with.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-host-laura-ingraham-complains-about-arizona-primary-result-delay-with-newt-gingrich?source=articles&via=rss Fox News host Laura Ingraham complains about the delay in Arizona’s primary with Newt Gingrich