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Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) is receiving security protection from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after she received several death threats during a controversial election audit in Maricopa County.

Hobbs’s office confirmed to The Hill that she requested the protection Thursday “in light of recent death threats she has been receiving and after she was chased by a man she did not recognize yesterday.”

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Hobbs has been a consistent critic of the election audit, which is being pushed by Republicans in the state Senate to call into questions the results from the 2020 presidential race in Arizona’s largest county, which went for President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE. The company conducting the audit has minimal experience in election tallying, and its chief executive has expressed support for former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE.

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Multiple audits since November determined that the vote was tallied accurately in Maricopa County and across the state, and no evidence has emerged to prove otherwise. The audit is widely viewed as a political exercise to placate Trump supporters who believe the November race was fraudulent. 

“People come from all over the country to work, raise families, and retire in Arizona. It's the best state in the union,” Hobbs tweeted Thursday. “But this #fraudit is undermining confidence in our elections. It's making Arizona a national joke. It's bad for our brand, and bad for business.”

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Hobbs maintained she would keep up her criticism despite the death threats, saying Friday she’d “never be intimidated out of telling the truth, defending our elections, and serving the people of Arizona.”

Hobbs had previously received state protection shortly after the 2020 election during the vote tally in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs.