The Trump campaign announced Wednesday it is pursuing court actions to stop ballot counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and to prevent the counting of absentee ballots in Georgia that it claims arrived after an Election Day deadline.
Launching a multi-state legal battle to secure a second White House term over Democratic challenger Joe Biden, the campaign also made plans to seek a recount in Wisconsin.
The announcements of the Pennsylvania and Michigan lawsuits came shortly before Biden was projected Wednesday afternoon to win Michigan. As of Wednesday afternoon, he led President Donald Trump by approximately 46,000 votes, with 96% of the estimated votes tallied.
Although thousands of Michigan votes remain to be counted, many are from absentee ballots in traditional Democratic strongholds. And although Trump leads in Pennsylvania’s incomplete vote counts, his lead has narrowed as absentee and mail ballots continue to be tabulated.
In unfolding national counts, Trump and Biden remain locked in a tight race that focuses on incomplete voting totals in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada.
Biden was projected as the winner in Wisconsin on Wednesday, hours after Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien announced plans to seek a recall.
“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so,” he said.
Taken together, the legal challenges are aimed at wiping out enough mail and absentee ballots to change the election outcomes before presidential electors could be awarded to Biden.
Source: USA Today