AZ Republican Abe Hamadeh Files Motion for Stay to Delay Inauguration For Office of Attorney General Until All Issues Are Resolved

Arizona Republican Abraham Hamadeh announced today that his legal team is filing a Motion for Stay to delay the inauguration for the AZ Office of Attorney General next week until all matters regarding potential discrepancies in the recount and litigation are resolved. He also requested that the current Arizona attorney general, Mark Brnovich “remain in office until all issues are resolved.”

Democrat Kris Mayes was declared the winner of Arizona’s attorney general race on Thursday, beating Hamadeh by 280 votes in the mandatory recount.  The initial tally of the 2022 midterm election in November showed Mayes leading by 511 votes out of 2.5 million cast.



The discrepancy was reportedly found in Pinal County’s recount tally of ballots cast in the general election.

The results of the statutorily required recount of the Arizona AG race, Superintendent of Public Instruction race, and the Legislative District 13 (LD13) House race were expected to be released on December 22nd, but Secretary of State Katie Hobbs petitioned the courts to have the results go directly to her office and asked to have the release of the results postponed until December 29th.

According to Arizona law, an automatic recount is triggered if a candidate wins by a margin that is less than or equal to 0.5 percent of total votes cast.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason announced the results of the recounts in a hearing on Thursday.

Political consultant Constantin Querard shared news of the discrepancy in Pinal County on Twitter, Wednesday.

“From reliable source in rural county – sizable # of votes found during recount. Net benefit to GOP candidates in the 100s possibly? Yikes! Maybe why recount results are being slow-walked by Hobbs? I’m not one for conspiracy stuff, but no process is perfect, so keep an eye on it!” tweeted Querard.

Both Hamadeh and Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake challenged their election results in court, but they were unable to convince the judge that they lost their elections due to the mismanagement in Maricopa County, so their cases were thrown out. However, the Arizona Independent News Network reports that legal experts are saying the new revelations about the Pinal County’s “system failure,” changes “the legal landscape for Hamadeh.”

“It is believed that the issue with Pinal’s tally was known before Hamadeh and gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed their separate election challenges,“ the Arizona Independent News Network reported.

Due to a court order, all Pinal County elected officials refused to discuss the matter.

In August, officials were forced to fire Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk in the wake of the County’s disastrous disenfranchisement of untold number of voters in the Primary Election. Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross then resigned her elected office in order to fill the vacancy left by Frisk.

At the time, voters in Pinal County said they felt like they were watching the chairs being moved around the deck of the Titanic.

Prior to the Primary Election Day, Pinal County became the focus of lawsuits after the Elections Department sent about 63,000 voters in seven municipalities an incorrect early ballot in the mail.

Relying on a formula provided by Hobbs’ office, the Elections Department failed to have enough ballots on hand at multiple locations for voters. As a result, voters were turned away and ultimately disenfranchised.

Hamadeh is now demanding a “complete inspection” of all the ballots due to the discrepancy in Pinal County.

Hamadeh went on to accuse Hobbs and the AZ Secretary of State Office under her control of abusing the courts and making “a mockery of the justice system.”

“They knew the results of the recount was going to show a LARGE discrepancy due to tabulation errors and fought against our election contest knowing this. They deceived the courts,” he tweeted.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 04: Arizona Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh participates in a border security roundtable with law enforcement officials at the Cochise County Sheriffs Office on November 04, 2022 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Hamadeh joined Arizona Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake to the the southern border region as she outline her plan for border security. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)