Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey met along with his Democratic successor Katie Hobbs on Wednesday, providing his congratulations for her win and pledging to work together with her to make sure a easy transition.

Hobbs defeated her Republican challenger, right-wing election denier Kari Lake, who had secured the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Lake has up to now refused to simply accept defeat, calling the race a “botched election.”

Ducey although acknowledged Hobbs’ victory, saying the competition was a “hard-fought race.”

“Our obligation is to make sure that Arizona’s twenty fourth Governor and her workforce can hit the bottom operating and proceed our state’s unbelievable momentum,” Ducey stated in an announcement posted on his web site.

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

Time period-limited Ducey had endorsed Karrin Taylor Robson within the Republican main over the summer season however backed Lake within the basic election.

Regardless that Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, received by a margin of over 17,000 votes, Lake has resisted admitting defeat, calling for a recount within the state’s Maricopa County. Lake seized on technical difficulties reported in 70 polling locations within the county because of faulty printer settings to falsely declare the problems disproportionately affected conservative precincts however this was discovered to not be true. Voters have been additionally given other ways to solid their votes.

Ducey certified now-President Joe Biden’s win within the state through the 2020 presidential election, calling the state’s election system “robust,” regardless of strain from Trump who pushed false claims of voter fraud.