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Washington (CNN)A leading Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, continues to put lies about the 2020 presidential election at the center of her campaign -- this week calling it "disqualifying" and "sickening" for a rival candidate not to say that the election was stolen, though it wasn't stolen.

Lake's strong performance in the Republican primary so far means that an aggressively dishonest promoter of conspiracy theories about the 2020 election could potentially have a prominent role in the 2024 presidential election in a key swing state. Lake said at a televised Republican debate on Wednesday that she would not have certified Joe Biden's victory in Arizona, which was certified by term-limited Republican Gov. Doug Ducey as required by law. Lake, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, falsely said of Biden: "He lost the election, and he shouldn't be in the White House."
    The Arizona governor's certification of presidential results "traditionally has been, and should be, uneventful," Joshua Sellers, an expert on election law and an Arizona State University associate professor of law, said in an email on Friday -- a necessary but "perfunctory" act confirming the result of the state's popular vote. Sellers said "it would be deeply disruptive for a Governor to impede certification based solely on her own views or disappointment about a presidential election result."
      Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the state's top elections official, is the overwhelming favorite in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Arizona has elected a Republican governor in three straight elections dating back to 2010. Biden's 2020 victory in the state was the first for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996.Read MoreA barrage of false election claims from LakeLake, a former news anchor at a local Fox station, repeatedly and falsely claimed at the Wednesday debate that the 2020 election was "stolen" and "corrupt."
        As supposed proof, Lake cited a "forensic audit." A shambolic Republican-initiated partisan review, described by supporters as an audit but marred by problems, confirmed that Biden beat Trump in Arizona's most populous county.Lake also defended a right-wing film about the 2020 election that is filled with holes of logic and evidence, even after the debate moderator noted that Trump-appointed former Attorney General William Barr had scoffed at the film. And Lake falsely said that 34,000 Arizona ballots "were counted two, three and four times," though this simply did not happen. (It wasn't clear if Lake was referring to a long-circulating false claim about duplicate images of ballot envelopes, which have an entirely benign explanation, or talking about something else.)Lake asked the three other candidates on stage to raise their hands if they agreed that the election was corrupt and stolen. When her top competitor, developer Karrin Taylor Robson, was the only one not to do so -- Robson said she wouldn't participate in Lake's "stunt" -- Lake's Twitter account called Robson's refusal "disqualifying." Lake's account posted video of the exchange again on Friday, this time calling Robson's refusal "sickening."In other words, one leading candidate for a major office is bashing another leading candidate for declining to join her in championing a lie.Lake's campaign declined to make a substantive comment for this article. When asked for supporting information about Lake's false claim that ballots were counted up to four times, an adviser replied only by mocking CNN. Robson wouldn't say whether she would have certified the 2020 electionRobson appears to have gained ground with party voters, narrowing Lake's lead in recent polls. Robson got a boost this week when the third-place candidate, former congressman Matt Salmon, dropped out and endorsed her.Unlike Lake, who said at the debate that the 2020 election is "the number-one issue" today, Robson has not made the 2020 election a top point of emphasis in this one. And Robson has not gone nearly as far as Lake in disparaging the 2020 election.Robson, though, has also disputed its legitimacy. She said at the debate: "I believe our election was absolutely not fair." Robson cited supposed media suppression of news damaging to Biden and supposed anti-conservative bias by "big tech," "liberal judges" having permitted the imposition of new policies shortly before the election (which was held during the Covid-19 pandemic), and Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg having donated a total of hundreds of millions of dollars to local elections offices around the country. Robson did not answer directly when asked if she would have certified Arizona's 2020 results as governor, saying she "was not privy" to the information Ducey had at the time. She was the only candidate at the debate to unequivocally say she would accept the outcome of this primary.Hobbs campaign manager Nicole DeMont criticized both Lake and Robson for spending time complaining about the 2020 election even though "Arizonans are tired of being made fun of on late-night TV."
          "The Trump-endorsed frontrunner Kari Lake has been the biggest proponent of the Big Lie from day one, but now Karrin Taylor Robson is also peddling those conspiracy theories in an effort to catch up in the polls," DeMont said in an email. She said Hobbs is committed to fighting for policies "Arizonans actually care about" on issues like schools, water and affordability.Election Day in the primary is August 2. Early voting begins on Wednesday.

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          Patriots Veteran Has Strong Words For Teammates; Calls For Ego Check

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          Many are worried that the New England Patriots offense has struggled in training camp. The unorthodox approach to playcalling and lack of an offensive coordinator has some wondering if this setup is the best situation for Mac Jones.

          As the entire Patriots offense tries to get on the same page, the team’s leading receiver for the last two years, Jakobi Meyers, had some interesting and strong words about the transition. Meyers spoke with NFL Network’s Mike Giardi and Scott Pioli, who stressed how important it is for the vets to get their egos in check.

          "You’ve got to be really able to throw your egos out the door. We had a conversation about that the other day… just worry about where you’re trying to be now. We understand we did things a certain way before, but it’s not about that anymore.” – Jakobi Meyers #Patriots https://t.co/h5nBWz0jeO

          — Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 6, 2022

          Here is a transcript of Meyers’ interview captured by NESN’s Zack Cox:

          Thought these were interesting comments from Jakobi Meyers to @MikeGiardi and @scottpioli51 on NFL Network.

          Acknowledged "change and perfection are kind of a hard mix" with the Patriots implementing a new offense.

          "It’s definitely been something to get used to." pic.twitter.com/ozgy67IERW

          — Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 6, 2022

          Is it Time to Panic?

          Why is Meyers speaking candidly about some of the issues the Patriots’ offense is having? Because it has been pretty evident to anyone who has had a chance to watch the unit practice through training camp.

          Aside from a few bright spots from DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, and high usage of hybrid player Ty Montgomery, the Patriots’ defense has had a clear advantage in the early stages. In a direct quote from Mac Jones, Patriots.com’s Evan Lazar wrote that the team’s offense “has a lot of room to grow,” in one of his early assessments.

          ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss commented about a high number of “no-chance plays” coming from the offense. The first inclination is to blame the Patriots’ new offensive play-caller Matt Patricia and those assisting him, such as Joe Judge.

          Fox’s First Things First personality Chris Broussard slammed the Patriots’ offense’s chance of succeeding with Patricia leading the way. Broussard tweeted, “not good.”

          The Patriots offense in the hands of Matt Patricia? Not good! https://t.co/RLDIXfQoIb

          — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 2, 2022

          There is one potentially positive spin to put on the dominance of the Patriots’ defense in training camp sessions. Perhaps the Pats’ defense is set for a strong season, and New England’s offense is being prepared for the rigors of a long NFL season by a group that will give opponents fits throughout the year.

          Ideally, you’d like to see a little more give and take from a team standpoint. If it’s too one-sided in favor of one unit, the indication is that the one that comes out on the losing end more times than not is a bit weak.

          We won’t know for sure until the regular season gets underway. For now, we’ll see the first test of sorts on Thursday, August 11, when the Patriots take on the New York Giants in the preseason opener.

          Patriots Notes and Quotes
          • Nelson Agholor Likes the New Offense

          After a disappointing first year with the Patriots in 2021, per Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels, the new looks have made Agholor feel like he’s “in a position to play faster.”

          Agholor had just 37 receptions for 473 yards and 3 TDs in 2021. That production came in the first season after he signed a two-year, $22 million free-agent deal. In 2020 with the Raiders, Agholor had 48 receptions for 896 yards and 8 TDs.

          If Agholor could come somewhere close to that production level in 2022, the concerns about the Patriots’ offense would be quieted. Still, Jones and Co. need more than one receiver production if they plan to be a dangerous unit.

          Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page, where you can weigh in on all the latest Patriots-related breaking news, rumors, content, and more!

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