- Republican Karin Lake lost her bid to overturn an election loss.
- She lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by a margin of 17 117 votes.
- An Arizona judge found no evidence of misconduct.
An Arizona judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Republican candidate Kari Lake, a Donald Trump loyalist who sought to overturn her unsuccessful bid to become the southwestern state's governor.
The court found no "clear and convincing evidence of misconduct" that would have impacted the outcome of the November election as Lake alleged, Judge Peter Thompson said in his decision seen by AFP.
Lake, a 53-year-old former TV news anchor woman, tweeted on Saturday that "for the sake of restoring faith and honesty in our elections, I will appeal his ruling."
After losing to Democrat Katie Hobbs by a margin of 17 117 votes, Lake claimed that problems with ballot printing in Maricopa County, Arizona's most populous county which includes its capital, were intentional and aimed at her defeat.
The court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in lieu of clear and convincing evidence, said Thompson, who also upheld Hobbs's victory.
Lake supporters had seized upon minor problems with vote tabulation machines in Maricopa, home to America's fifth biggest city, Phoenix, which left some people standing in short lines during the November vote.
My Election Case provided the world with evidence that proves our elections are run outside of the law. This Judge did not rule in our favor. However, for the sake of restoring faith and honesty in our elections, I will appeal his ruling.— Kari Lake (@KariLake) December 24, 2022
Officials have forcefully insisted that no legitimate vote would be excluded and mounted a well-organised social media campaign to push back at falsehoods circulating online.
Arizona has been under intense scrutiny for two years since Joe Biden eked out a narrow win in the state over Trump, the president at the time.
Maricopa County became ground zero for election deniers, who made unfounded claims about ballot stuffing, despite repeated investigations that turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
Lake made denial of the 2020 presidential election win by Joe Biden a key tenet of her campaign and said that she would not have validated his victory if she had been in the governor's mansion at the time.
She was thought of as a leading light in the movement, and Republican Party insiders - as well as media pundits - have noted that regardless of the Arizona result, she could be well placed for a spot on a future White House ticket.