Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results


The supreme court has rejected a longshot lawsuit brought by the state of Texas, and backed by Donald Trump, that sought to challenge the election results in four other states.

The dismissal on Friday has dealt yet another crushing blow to Trump’s quest to undo his election loss to Joe Biden.

Texas was suing the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in an unlikely bid, calling changes that the states had made to election procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic unlawful.

The suit was backed by Trump and more than 100 Republicans in Congress, including the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy.

The court’s order marked its second this week rebuffing Republican requests that it get involved in the 2020 election outcome. The justices turned away an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the states named in the lawsuit urged the supreme court to reject it, calling the case a publicity stunt that had no factual or legal grounds and made “bogus” claims.

“What Texas is doing in this proceeding is to ask this court to reconsider a mass of baseless claims about problems with the election that have already been considered, and rejected, by this court and other courts,” Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general, wrote in a filing to the nine justices.

The electoral college meets on Monday to formally elect Biden as the next president.

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