UPDATE: Arizona AG Candidate’s Election Challenge Headed To Trial

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Republican candidate for state attorney general Abraham Hamadeh, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, and Republican U.S. senatorial candidate Blake Masters wave to supporters at the conclusion of a campaign event on the eve of the primary at the Duce bar on August 01, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Lake, who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, is facing Karrin Taylor Robson, who is being backed by former Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Arizona Republican Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh’s election challenge will proceed to trial, after an Arizona judge denied Democratic Attorney General-elect Kris Mayes’ motion for dismissal.
  • Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee F. Jantzen did dismiss five of Hamadeh’s counts on Tuesday, but allowed his other claims to proceed to an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Dec. 23. Presently Hamadeh trails Mayes by 511 votes.
  • Jantzen noted in the ruling that “[t]his case is different from [other election challenges taking place] because the Plaintiff is not alleging political motives or fraud or personal agendas being pushed. It is simply alleging misconduct by mistake, or omission by election officials, led to erroneous count of votes and which if true could have led to an uncertain result.”

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