The County Where ‘Stop the Steal’ Won’t End

Arizona. A state famous for saguaro cactuses, temperatures so hot that planes can’t take off, and election fraud accusations.

No part of Arizona has faced more of those allegations than Maricopa County, a county in the middle of the state containing both Phoenix and Mesa, as well as two-thirds of Arizona’s total population. In 2020, Maricopa was the epicenter of claims about the presidential election being stolen, and following this year’s midterm elections, Maricopa is still making national headlines.

Arizona had a number of high-profile races in 2022, including a very close contest for governor between former Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and former news anchor Kari Lake.

The elections put Maricopa County in the spotlight in particular. Before the election had even happened, Lake was accusing both the state and the county of trying to steal it from her as she claimed they did to Donald Trump in 2020.

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