President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign filed lawsuits in multiple states on Wednesday where election results are tight and could ultimately determine who wins the presidential election.
The campaign filed lawsuits in “Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states as he slipped behind Democrat Joe Biden in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House,” The Associated Press reported. “The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and absentee ballot concerns, the campaign said.”
— Hemmer Reports (@HemmerReports) November 5, 2020
Justin Clark, Trump campaign deputy campaign manager and senior counsel, said in a statement regarding the lawsuit filed in Georgia:
President Trump and his team are fighting for the good of the nation to uphold the rule of law, and Georgia’s law is very clear: to legally count, mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. That’s still the law, even after Democrats sued earlier this year to extend the deadline and delay Election Day—President Trump and Republicans fought to uphold Georgia law, and we won.
But today, a Republican poll observer in Georgia witnessed 53 late absentee ballots illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County. We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots. President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed suit to require all Georgia counties to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally cast ballots to ensure a free, fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count.
We look forward to the court swiftly resolving this issue and to President Trump’s upcoming repeat win in Georgia.
Bill Stepien, Trump campaign manager, released the following statement about the lawsuit in Michigan:
As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.
“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be,” Stepien said in a separate statement about Wisconsin. “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.”
Nick Trainer, Trump campaign director of battleground strategy, encouraged people to hold tight and wait for more election results to come out.
“Remember what both sides said about the electorate in PA before deciding whose math you trust. We were clear, we needed 2.6 million EDay votes to make up the difference after [Absentee Ballots]. Trump Election Day vote: 2.69 million,” Trainer wrote. “The Biden campaign said President Trump needed 59% of EDay to ‘makeup the gap’. Actual Election Day Margin for President Trump: 65.6% One of the campaigns was right about who was voting and is right about the outcome. ”
The Biden campaign said President Trump needed 59% of EDay to "makeup the gap".
Actual Election Day Margin for President Trump: 65.6%
One of the campaigns was right about who was voting and is right about the outcome.
Cite: Biden campaign Zoom slide below. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/WCTb656YsE
— Nick Trainer (@NicholasTrainer) November 4, 2020
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