Katie Hobbs Celebrates Victory in Arizona Governor's Race

Arizona’s Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, celebrated her electoral victory at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday, November 15, during which she thanked Arizonans and told them they had chosen “unity over division.”

The Associated Press called the race for Hobbs on Monday, nearly a week after election day.

Hobbs’s opponent, the Republican candidate Kari Lake, is a former TV news anchor who was backed by former president Donald Trump and promoted his evidence-free claim that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

After her defeat, Lake tweeted: “Arizonans know BS when they see it.”

Hobbs is the fifth woman to be elected governor in Arizona. Credit: Katie Hobbs via Storyful

Video Transcript

KATIE HOBBS: Last night, our race was officially called. And I am honored to stand before you as Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs.


I also want to congratulate Senator Mark Kelly on his re-election.


I am thrilled to know that I will be handing the keys of the Secretary of State's office to Adrian Fontes.


It has been a long year and a half. But in this election, Arizonans chose solving our problems over conspiracy theories. We chose sanity over chaos. And we chose unity over division.


We chose a better Arizona. And we chose democracy, the system of government that made America the best and most prosperous country in the history of the world.