Democrat Katie Hobbs Mounts Bid For Arizona Governor After Combatting GOP Election Challenges


Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced she’s running for governor of Arizona, highlighting her efforts to combat Republican-led challenges to President Joe Biden’s electoral victory in Arizona.

Key Facts

A campaign ad Hobbs posted to Twitter begins with news clips about doxxing and death threats she received in the aftermath of the election, when former President Donald Trump repeatedly cast doubt on his losses in Arizona and other key states.

Hobbs says in the ad she’s “here to solve problems” and “count every vote,” accusing Republicans of “offering conspiracies” instead of politics to “make our lives better.”

The move comes as GOP lawmakers in the state are moving to strip Hobbs of her ability to defend election lawsuits as she fights against a bizarre audit they approved in Maricopa County.

First elected in 2018, Hobbs was previously the minority leader of the Arizona State Senate and a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving in a seat previously held by now-Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

Hobbs is easily the biggest name to enter the Democratic primary so far; also running is Marco López, a former Obama U.S. Customs and Border Protection official and mayor of Nogales, a small border town.

Key Background

Arizona has rapidly shifted from reliably Republican to competitive in recent decades, electing Democratic senators in 2018 and 2020 and narrowly voting for President Joe Biden – the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1996.

Big Number

39%. That’s the share of likely voters who said in a September poll by progressive firm Data for Progress they would vote for a Democrat for governor, compared to 42% who said they would vote for a Republican.

What To Watch For

How winnable the governorship is for Democrats will depend a lot on who the Republican nominee is: Yee, or someone like Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), a right-wing hardliner who has launched public defenses of slain Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt, who has flirted with a bid.

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