Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey He met with his Democratic successor Katie Hobbs offered his congratulations to Hobbs for her win, and pledged to work closely with her to ensure a seamless transition.

Hobbs defeated her Republican Kari Lake, a right-wing election denier, was the challenger and had won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Lake has not accepted defeat to this point. calling The race is on “botched election.”

Ducey though recognized Hobbs’ victory, saying the contest was a “hard-fought race.”

“Our duty is to ensure that Arizona’s 24th Governor and her team can hit the ground running and continue our state’s incredible momentum,” Ducey In a statement, he said.

He continued: “All of us have waited patiently for the democratic process to play out. The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision.”

Term-limited Ducey Karrin Taylor Robson had been endorsed by her Republican Primary over the summer, but supported Lake in the general election.

Hobbs is a good guy, Arizona’s secretary of state, won by a margin of over 17,000 votes, Lake has resisted admitting defeat, calling for a recount in the state’s Maricopa County. Lake claimed that technical problems reported at 70 polling stations in the county were due to defective printer settings. However, this was not true. Voters were also provided with alternative methods to vote.

Ducey certified now-President Joe Biden’s win in the state during the 2020 presidential election, calling the state’s election system “strong,” Trump, who tried to pressure us with false claims about voter fraud, did not succeed.