Pressure mounts on state Republicans as lawsuits challenging election results founder

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GOP officials in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia are being pressed to take more drastic measures to help President Trump.
In Michigan, Republican lawyers lobbied the Wayne County canvassing board to consider evidence of alleged improprieties before certifying the vote. In Pennsylvania, GOP lawmakers were the target of social media campaigns demanding the appointment of electors who favor President Trump. And in Georgia, the Republican secretary of state defended the election and announced a hand audit of the results, despite calls by the state's Republican senators for him to resign over alleged problems.

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The efforts in these states — where Biden has won or is leading in the count — come as the Trump campaign struggles to amass genuine evidence of fraud that will pass muster in court. Republican lawsuits seeking to challenge the Nov. 3 election results so far have foundered, and affidavits cited as proof of election fraud in cities such as Detroit have failed to substantiate serious claims that votes were counted illegally.

While the Trump campaign's lawsuits have so far been "summarily dismissed," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) said Wednesday that she is concerned the GOP may try to use baseless claims about irregularities or vote tampering to disrupt the certification of Biden's win, depriving him of the state's 16 electoral votes.

"It appears as though that is the strategy they are pursuing," Nessel said on a call with reporters held by the nonpartisan Voter Protection Project. "We will do everything we can possibly do in the state of Michigan to ensure that that does not occur and that the slate of electors accurately reflects whoever received the most votes."

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Republicans appear to be intensifying their efforts in the state, lodging additional complaints against the vote count in court and in the realm of public opinion.

GOP lawyers urged the Wayne County canvassing board on Wednesday morning to wait to certify Biden's victory there.

"There is extensive evidence of irregularities and illegalities that deserves more scrutiny," said Charles Spies,…
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