On Wednesday, officials with Donald Trump’s election campaign began contesting election results in key states that are needed for either candidate to win. The campaign threatened lawsuits in numerous states, including Michigan, where they wanted the counting to stop entirely until they were able to send someone to oversee the process. However, it looks like the lawsuit in Michigan will be going nowhere, and Joe Biden has been called as the projected winner.
On Thursday, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said that she plans to deny a request by President Donald Trump’s campaign to stop the counting. Stephens said she will issue a written order by Friday afternoon.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has already told local election officials to give access to poll challengers, the judge said.
“I have no basis to find that there’s a substantial likelihood of success on the merits as it relates to this defendant, nor am I convinced that there is a clear legal duty on the part of anyone who is promptly before this court to manage this issue,” Stephens said.
“What I have at best is a hearsay affidavit, I believe, that addresses a harm that would be significant, but that’s what we got. We’ve got an affidavit that is not firsthand knowledge,” Stephens added.
BREAKING: The Trump campaign has lost their lawsuit to halt vote counting in Michigan
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) November 5, 2020
The lawsuit alleged that Michigan absentee voter counting boards were not allowing inspectors from each party to be present during the counting. However, the lawsuit did not specify which boards in the state were a problem, so the judge ruled that there was no justification to proceed with the suit. This point was disputed by Trump campaign’s lawyer Thor Hearne who claimed that Ostergren was denied access to an Oakland County absentee counting board.
Meanwhile, a Georgia judge dismissed a similar lawsuit from Trump’s campaign on Thursday, ruling that there was no evidence that ballots being processed in Chatham County had been received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Count the votes or stop the count? Trump supporters have been trying to pressure election officials to stop counting ballots in states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, while making the opposite demands in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/ZjQ2gR9K1B
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 5, 2020
These court rulings come as Trump’s former allies are starting to distance themselves from the president and his attempts to contest the election.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disagreed with the president, telling The Associated Press that “claiming you’ve won the election is different from finishing the counting.”
Millions of votes are still left to be counted, and many Trump allies are urging patience as the final votes are tallied, even after Trump himself is declaring victory in states like Pennsylvania where many mail-in ballots have still not been counted.
A heckler briefly interrupted Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria during his press conference on the election count. pic.twitter.com/j9AEnQqnb2
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Results in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania are still being determined, but following a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday where Eric Trump and Rudy Guiliani declared victory for the Trump administration, fact-checkers have published rebukes of many of their statements, saying that the press conference was filled with inaccuracies and misinformation.
The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits over the election results in Nevada, where the race was also extremely close.