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Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit and Trump Bid to Undo Election Loss

 Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit and Trump Bid to Undo Election Loss
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Friday, 11 December 2020 07:11 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday brought an abrupt end to a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four states, dealing him a crushing setback in his quest to undo his election loss to Joe Biden.

The justices in a brief order rejected the bid by Texas to file the extraordinary challenge targeting Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin directly with the Supreme Court, as is allowed in some instances of litigation between states under a legal doctrine called "original jurisdiction."

The order said Texas did not have legal standing to bring the claim.

"Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections," the court said in the unsigned order.

A Biden spokesman quickly praised the ruling, saying it was "no suprise" that the high court had rejected "baseless attempts" to deny Trump lost the election, Reuters reported.

The court did not provide a vote count, but CNN reported that there no dissents, including among the three justices nominated by President Trump: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett.

Two of the court's conservatives, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, said they would have allowed Texas to sue but would not have blocked the four states from finalizing their election results.

The case was filed on Tuesday by the Republican attorney general of Texas, a Trump ally, against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Republican president on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene and become a plaintiff.

The four states in a filing with the court on Thursday asked the justices to reject the lawsuit, which they said had no factual or legal grounds.

Trump's campaign and his allies already had lost in numerous lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the election results. Trump has claimed he won the Nov. 3 election and has made allegations of widespread voting fraud and a system "rigged" against him. State election officials have said they have found no evidence of such fraud. Lawyers for Trump and his allies have failed to present evidence in court of the type of fraud he has alleged.

Texas has asked the justices to throw out the election results in the four states. Biden won all four states. Trump had won them in the 2016 election.

The four states in a filing with the court on Thursday asked the justices to reject the lawsuit, which they said had no factual or legal grounds.

The legal action had increasingly become a focus of Trump supporters' hopes of overturning the election outcome, decried by Trump as a result of widespread fraud and miscounts. In multiple legal actions, though, his team has been unable to prove those claims.

The Texas suit had the backing of several states and well over 100 Republican House members.

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