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Michi­gan elec­tion panel re­jects Trump ap­peals, cer­ti­fies re­sults

- By David Eggert, Zeke Miller and Colleen Long David Eggert, Zeke Miller and Colleen Long are As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers. US Elections · U.S. News · US Politics · White-collar Crime · Politics · Elections · Crime · Michigan · Donald Trump · Lansing · Democratic Party (United States) · Joe Biden · Republican Party (United States) · Detroit · Georgia · Arizona · Wisconsin · Pennsylvania · Electoral college · U.S. Electoral College · Milwaukee · John James · Wayne County

LANS­ING, Mich. — Michi­gan elec­tion of­fi­cials on Mon­day cer­ti­fied Demo­crat Joe Bi­den’s 154,000vote vic­tory in the state, an­other de­feat for Pres­i­dent Trump in his fu­tile ef­fort to un­der­mine the re­sults of the Nov. 3 elec­tion through base­less le­gal chal­lenges and un­sup­ported claims of fraud.

The Board of State Can­vassers, which has two Repub­li­cans and two Democrats, con­firmed the re­sults on a 30 vote with one ab­sten­tion. Al­lies of Trump and los­ing GOP Se­nate can­di­date John James had urged the panel to de­lay vot­ing for two weeks to au­dit votes in heav­ily Demo­cratic Wayne County, home to Detroit.

Un­der Michi­gan law, Bi­den claims all 16 elec­toral votes. Bi­den won by 2.8 per­cent­age points — a larger mar­gin than in other states where Trump is con­test­ing the re­sults like Ge­or­gia, Ari­zona, Wis­con­sin and Penn­syl­va­nia.

Some Trump al­lies had ex­pressed hope that state law­mak­ers could in­ter­vene in se­lect­ing Repub­li­can elec­tors in states that do not cer­tify. That long­shot bid is no longer pos­si­ble in Michi­gan.

Trump’s ef­forts to stave off the in­evitable — for­mal recog­ni­tion of his de­feat — is fac­ing in­creas­ingly stiff re­sis­tance from the courts and fel­low Repub­li­cans with just three weeks to go un­til the Elec­toral Col­lege meets to cer­tify Bi­den’s vic­tory. Time and again, Trump’s chal­lenges and base­less al­le­ga­tions of wide­spread con­spir­acy and fraud have been met with re­jec­tion.

Michi­gan’s Board of State Can­vassers cer­ti­fied the re­sults de­spite calls by Trump and al­lies to the GOP mem­bers to block the vote to al­low for an au­dit of bal­lots in Wayne County, where Trump has claimed without ev­i­dence that he was the vic­tim of fraud.

Bi­den crushed the pres­i­dent by more than 330,000 votes there.

Mary Ellen Gure­witz, an at­tor­ney for the state Demo­cratic Party, told the can­vassers that at­tacks on the elec­tion re­sults “are part of a racist cam­paign, di­rected by soon­tobe for­mer Pres­i­dent Trump, to dis­par­age the cities in this coun­try with large Black pop­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing Detroit, Philadel­phia and Mil­wau­kee.”

Trump has tried to defy the re­sults of the elec­tion through the courts, but hav­ing found no luck there, moved on to per­son­ally try­ing to in­flu­ence lo­cal law­mak­ers to con­vince them to ig­nore the pop­u­lar vote and ap­point Repub­li­can elec­tors. Two lo­cal GOP can­vassers who cer­ti­fied the re­sults un­suc­cess­fully tried to re­verse course last week af­ter be­ing called by Trump.

 ?? Jeff Kowalsky / AFP via Getty Im­ages ?? Sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Trump gather in Lans­ing, Mich., where the Board of State Can­vassers heard public com­ments be­fore cer­ti­fy­ing the elec­tion vic­tory of Pres­i­den­t­elect Joe Bi­den.
Jeff Kowalsky / AFP via Getty Im­ages Sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Trump gather in Lans­ing, Mich., where the Board of State Can­vassers heard public com­ments be­fore cer­ti­fy­ing the elec­tion vic­tory of Pres­i­den­t­elect Joe Bi­den.

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