President Trump’s legal challenges to the election met with a series of defeats and setbacks on Friday as judges found the Trump campaign’s arguments and evidence that there was widespread fraud and irregularities with the vote to be lacking.
An appeals court in Pennsylvania rejected an objection by Trump’s lawyers to practices involving mailed ballots; a Michigan judge threw out claims made by the campaign as “incorrect and not credible.“
In a case in Arizona, where Democrat Joe Biden holds a slender lead over Trump, the president’s lawyers admitted the judge no longer needed to weigh in because “the tabulation of votes statewide has rendered unnecessary a judicial ruling as to the presidential electors.”
“Trump’s legal strategy seems to be aimed at denying the inevitable,” said Marc Elias, the top Democratic election lawyer, during a call with reporters Friday.
Trump’s efforts haven’t been defeated in every single case, but even victories don’t seem likely to turn the tide. In Pennsylvania on Thursday, a judge ordered that the state could not count ballots that had been set aside because they had been cast under a policy changing the relevant deadline. However, the number of ballots isn’t sufficient to change the outcome of the election.
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