Trump's dwindling prospects to overturn the election: a guide
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President Trump's scattershot legal effort to overturn the 2020 election is losing steam. Here's a guide to his claims -- and the reality.
So far, in virtually every court case, judges have rejected the Trump campaign's claims, which in effect have called for nullifying the results of the popular vote and awarding electors to Trump instead. (There's often a wide gap between what is argued in court, where there can be penalties for false claims, and what Trump says in public.) Moreover, Attorney General William P. Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that "to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election."

Given the scattershot legal maneuvering of the Trump campaign and its allies, here's a quick guide to where things stand in each state. Essentially, Trump seeks to toss out hundreds of thousands of votes on highly technical grounds, even though the courts generally do not invalidate ballots if voters acted in good faith. Moreover, even if Trump found success in one state, he would need to reverse the results in at least three states if he wanted to overcome Biden's margin in the electoral college.



Delegates to the electoral college will cast their votes on Dec. 14.


What Happened: Biden won the state by nearly 13,000 votes, after a hand recount. The vote has been certified by the secretary of state, a Republican, and affirmed by the governor, also a Republican, but the Trump campaign has requested a second recount.

Trump's Claim: The governor, Brian Kemp, should invoke emergency powers, overrule the secretary of state, and order a match of signatures on envelopes of absentee votes. Trump contends that this would show that many of the absentee ballots were fraudulent. He has also suggested that machines provided by Dominion Voting Systems improperly changed the result in favor of Biden.


The Reality: Under Georgia law, Kemp has no authority to intervene in elections. Moreover, voter signatures were already checked, twice — when voters requested ballots and when their ballots were returned. The ballots and the…
Glenn Kessler
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