Michigan judge dismisses Trump’s push to stop counting votes

Michigan judge dismisses Trump’s push to stop counting votes
President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press along the South Lawn driveway of the White House Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

After the election, President Donald Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit to stop the vote-counting in Michigan — a state that the Associated Press called for former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday. But a Michigan judge, Axios reports, has announced that she will deny the Trump campaign's request.

Judge Cynthia Stephens, according to Axios reporter Sam Baker, announced her decision at an oral briefing on Thursday. But Baker notes that Stephens "has not yet issued a written order."

The lawsuit is simply one of many that Trump team has launched in the remaining swing states — which legal experts argue are largely meritless and unlikely to succeed.

Baker reports of the Michigan judge's decision: "This is a significant loss for the Trump campaign's effort to slow or stop vote-counting in critical states that Joe Biden is projected to win."

Michigan, like Wisconsin, is among the states that Trump won in 2016 but has been flipped by Biden, according to AP. On Election Night, AP and Fox News called Arizona for Biden, but other media outlets did not — as some votes are still being counted in Arizona.

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