“Republicans demand audit of Kelli Ward’s narrow win for Arizona GOP chair”

Arizona Republic:

After months of sounding the alarm on what she claimed was a stolen presidential election, Kelli Ward is facing questions about her own reelection Saturday as Arizona Republican Party chair.

Sergio Arellano, the southern Arizona businessman who narrowly lost to Ward in a runoff, has asked state party officials for an audit of the election results, said Kim Owens, a Republican consultant who is serving as his spokeswoman.  

So far, that hasn’t happened, adding to a growing sense of angst among GOP activists that the election had problems. 

“This isn’t about the chairman’s race, this is about election integrity,” Arellano said in a written statement provided by Owens to The Arizona Republic. 

In a statement issued hours later to the newspaper, Arellano said he did not expect the audit to lead to a reversal of wins for Ward and others.

Neither Ward nor other state party officials could be immediately reached for comment. 

Doubts about the results of the chair’s race started to swirl after the announced winner in another race, for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District, was informed she had lost.

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