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A man was arrested Thursday after allegedly breaking into Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ governor’s campaign office, police announced Thursday, a crime that the Democratic nominee linked to ongoing threats of voter intimidation and fraud charges in the state ahead of the midterm election.

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Phoenix police arrested Daniel Mota dos Reis, 36, in connection with a burglary at Hobbs’ campaign headquarters.

campaign and local police announced There was a break-in on Wednesday, with police saying in a statement only that “the items were taken from the property at some point during the night.”

Hobbes’ campaign blames supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake for a break-in Statement On Wednesday, Lake and his allies are saying “spreading dangerous misinformation and threatening anyone who is fit.”

The Hobbes campaign said attacks on elected officials and threats to intimidate voters “are the direct result of an organized campaign of lies and intimidation.”

Lake responded to the allegations earlier on Thursday, calling them “absolutely absurd” and “despicable” and that the situation “feels like a Jussie Smollett part two.”

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45.7%. That's the portion of voters who say they will support Hobbs in the gubernatorial race on average by Thursday, according to polls compiled by race totals. five thirty eight, Lake is leading Hobbes in the polls, with an average of 48.5% of the support.

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"I can't believe she would blame my wonderful people for this, why would she blame me," Lake said Thursday of Hobbs pointing a finger at his campaign for piracy. "I don't even know where his publicity office is."

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The break-in in Hobbs' office comes amid concerns about voter intimidation and harassment in Arizona as voting goes on in the midterms, which Hobbes has also seen in his role as secretary of state. Hobbs has referred at least six counts of alleged voter intimidation and harassment of an election worker to the state attorney general and the US Department of Justice in his office in recent days. announcedThe drop box includes reports of voters being recorded, photographed and followed by vehicle after casting their vote. Two lawsuits Now filed separately by voter support organizations seeking a court order to stop grassroots groups and individuals from intimidating voters, alleging group members harassed voters on ballots, and In some cases "armed and wearing tactical gear." While no allegations are directly linked to Lake's campaign, the right-wing candidate has made false claims of electoral fraud in the 2020 election and refused To explicitly confirm that if she loses her race she will accept the result. one in Tweet Posted in July, Lake posted a photo of a ballot drop box warning, "We're seeing drop boxes across the state."

Arrested in connection with the theft of the campaign headquarters of Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbes (CNN)

break-in at the campaign office of Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs in Phoenix; took a lot of stuff (Republic of Arizona)

Top Arizona election official refers more cases of potential voter intimidation to law enforcement (NBC News)

More than 40% of Americans are concerned about voter intimidation in the midterm, finds poll (Forbes)