AZ GOP AG candidate Abe Hamadeh requests the courts 'put a pause' on recount after lawsuit is filed

"My race is the closest race in Arizona state history," Hamadeh said.

Published: December 12, 2022 2:44pm

Updated: December 12, 2022 8:11pm

Arizona GOP attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh said Monday that he is trying to put a stop to the current recount in the attorney general's race after filing a lawsuit.

"My race is the closest race in Arizona state history," Hamadeh said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. "It's 511 votes that we are supposedly under. In a way, anything could happen. There's a recount that's ongoing, but we're trying to put a pause to that right now."

Hamadeh, along with the Republican National Committee, filed his lawsuit last Friday. He pointed out there were "unprecedented and unacceptable issues" in Maricopa County. 

"Thirty percent of the printers were malfunctioning, the lines were out the door, and there were no parking spaces available for people to try to come vote, so they had to park blocks and blocks away," Hamadeh said, referencing some of the Election Day issues.

He said that with all the issues that happened on Election Day, it was surprising that the county didn't extend voting hours.

"The gall of the county not to extend voting hours is absolutely shocking," Hamadeh continued. "So what our lawsuit is alleging is that there's at least 270 people who checked into a voting center, but did not cast the ballot there because they didn't trust that little box-three fiasco. So they went and grabbed their mail-in-ballots and dropped it off."

When voting machines weren't working in the county, some voters were told to put their ballot in a box called "Box 3" and it would be counted later.

"That's really important to know because we were winning Maricopa County on Election Day 75% to 25%," he said. "So those ballots would be in our favor. So we're trying to get the judge to include those ballots."

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