President Trump’s re-election campaign suffered two legal defeats in Georgia and Michigan on Thursday as they try to challenge vote counts in the must-win swing states with the White House in the balance.
A Michigan judge tossed out a lawsuit from the Trump campaign to halt the counting of ballots in the Wolverine State, ruling that the vote count had already ended — in Joe Biden’s favor.
Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens denied the Trump campaign’s request that officials there stop counting absentee ballots on the basis that the president’s poll observers were being denied proper access to monitor the process.
Stephens said the Trump campaign acted too late by filing their lawsuit at 4 p.m. on Wednesday when vote counting was already well underway and showed Joe Biden with a roughly 149,000 vote lead.
The state and it’s 16 electoral votes were called for the former veep on Wednesday afternoon. Trump carried Michigan by just 10,000 votes in 2016.
“As of this point, the essence of the count is completed and the relief requested other than the relief to observe the video tapes is completely unavailable,” Stephens told a lawyer for the Trump campaign.
In Georgia, where the race has become incredibly tight and is now considered a toss-up with Trump leading by about 14,000 votes as of 2 pm Thursday, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit requesting a judge account for ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The suit alleged that a Republican observer saw a poll worker take unprocessed ballots and mix them in with processed ballots that were waiting to be counted in Democratic-leaning Chatham County, the Associated Press reported.
Judge James F. Bass of the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia dismissed the suit, ruling that there was “no evidence” that the ballots challenged “were received after 7:00pm on election day, thereby making those ballots invalid.”
Bass also ruled that there was no evidence that Chatham County Board of Elections officials had acted unlawfully.
With Biden just six electoral votes shy of winning the White House based on media calls of all but four states — Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina — the Trump campaign has filed a flurry of lawsuits in states challenging the results, including in must-win Pennsylvania.
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