The Trump campaign’s lawyers appear to be headed for a busy few days or even weeks as the president’s re-election campaign has filed lawsuits in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania as vote-counting continues.
President Trump’s campaign, facing deficits in Wisconsin and Michigan and massive Democrat-heavy ballot dumps in Pennsylvania, is trying for a recount in Wisconsin and to halt the count in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The race between the Republican President Trump and the Democrat nominee former Vice President Joe Biden dragged on through Wednesday, ballots slowly trickling in among the various uncalled swing states.
The Associated Press did call Wisconsin for Biden, flipping a key state Trump won in 2016. That prompted the president’s campaign officials to say they’d seek a recount, as Biden is up by around 20,000 votes with essentially all ballots reported counted in the battleground midwestern state.
Trump is able to do so, though the past two recounts in Wisconsin have only swung the vote by a few hundred votes or less, as Trump ally former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker noted.
“We’ll have fights. There’s things to resolve. But that happens in any election,” Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center told reporters on Wednesday. He and other election-law experts attempted to make the case that there wasn’t anything unusual going on, saying of a recount, “That could take some time, but it’s a perfectly standard part of the process.”
The president’s campaign announced two different suits regarding Pennsylvania, where Trump has led by originally large but steadily diminishing margins as more mail-in votes from the state’s Democrat-heavy population centers came in.
Trump’s campaign on Wednesday told supporters in an email that his lawyers are filing to join onto a lawsuit by Keystone State Republicans that’s before the Supreme Court, seeking to halt the count of ballots that were postmarked before Election Day, but are arriving late. Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that ballots mailed in time could be counted as long as they arrive by Friday, and the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case before the election, though the lawsuit remains before SCOTUS.
The campaign also is suing both there and in Michigan — which the AP called for Biden at 6 p.m. Wednesday — claiming that Republican officials are being kept too far away to be able to monitor the count successfully.
“We are also suing to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law,” the campaign said.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a CNN interview the lawsuit was “more a political document than a legal document.”
The campaign also field suit in a Georgia county, claiming that a Republican had seen someone mix in late ballots with ones that were already legally processed.
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