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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Kari Lake Voting Machine Lawsuit

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a voting machine lawsuit filed by her and former Arizona secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem.

The pair claimed in their suit “that they had sufficiently argued that all Arizona-certified optical scanners and ballot marking devices ‘have been wrongly certified for use,'” the Washington Examiner reported.

A federal judge rejected the lawsuit in 2022, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision in October 2023, before the Supreme Court declining to take the case.

“We are obviously disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the decisions of the Arizona district court and the Ninth Circuit, and order that our challenge to the 2022 election procedures be heard on the merits,” a Monday statement from Kurt Olsen, one of Lake’s attorneys, said, according to The Hill.

Olsen noted that Lake and Finchem’s case was dismissed on the grounds of “a purported lack of standing to assert an injury,” and emphasized that the courts have not yet ruled on the case’s merits as a result. He also made sure to note that the issue of election integrity will remain prominent leading up to the 2024 elections.

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Lake has not yet responded to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding her case. However, she did share a comment from an independent journalist on social media, the Examiner said. However, she did repost a comment from an independent journalist on social media that the court did not believe election integrity “was worth the court’s time during another crucial presidential race.”

The Examiner added:

In the wake of Lake and Finchem losing their 2022 races, Lake is running in Arizona’s 2024 Senate race against Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), both of whom are seeking to replace Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ). Finchem, meanwhile, is running for state Senate.

That said, Lake is having a great deal of success raising funds for her campaign.

According to her campaign, Lake brought in $4.1 million during the first quarter of this year, which “is roughly twice as much as she raised in 2023’s last fundraising quarter,” The Daily Caller reported, adding that she now has around $2.5 million in cash on hand.

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The Democratic candidate, Ruben Gallego, raised $7.5 million in the first quarter and has $9.6 million in the bank, surpassing his Republican opponent, the outlet noted further.

“Kari Lake doubled her fundraising haul from last quarter. She is seeing strong from grassroots donors and Arizona donors,” a Lake campaign spokesperson noted in a statement. “Gallego is Far-Left, and out of step with Arizonans. Just like President Trump, Kari is performing strong in Arizona and will win in November.”

Lake’s campaign generated $1.3 million through 40,000 contributions, which came from approximately 22,000 individual donors. The donations were mostly small dollar amounts, with 99% of them under $200. The campaign was able to collect contributions from all 50 states in the US, as well as from Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

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She raised $330,000 in a fundraiser that took place on March 6 in Washington, D.C., the day after independent Sinema announced that she would not run for office again. Gallego’s campaign reported that it managed to gather $1 million in the 24 hours following Sinema’s announcement.

During the fundraising period, Lake received support from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), along with endorsements from several GOP Senators, including Tommy Tuberville from Alabama, Josh Hawley from Missouri, J.D. Vance from Ohio, Rand Paul from Kentucky, Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma, and Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming.

In the last quarter of 2023, Lake’s campaign successfully raised $2.1 million, starting the election year with a little over $1 million available for campaign activities, as per the Federal Election Commission’s records. In comparison, Gallego’s campaign managed to raise $3.3 million during the same timeframe and had $6.5 million ready for use, the Caller noted.

Polls show a tight race between her and Gallego.

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