Wisconsin and Arizona make it official as Trump fails to stop vote certification in all six states where he contested his defeat

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The president and his allies vowed to continue pressing legal claims challenging the election results in several states — but such efforts have met with resounding failures in the courts.
Trump and his allies vowed to continue pressing legal claims challenging the election results in several states, but such efforts have met with resounding failures in the courts across the country. Monday's certifications brought to a close a key period in which Trump and his advisers had said they would be able to derail Biden's win.

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) certified her state's election results alongside the Republican governor and attorney general. Several hours later, the Democratic chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Ann Jacobs, completed her state's canvass and declared Biden the winner of the state's 10 electoral votes, a declaration that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers promptly certified.

Their actions brought Biden one step closer to an official victory on Dec. 14, when the electoral college meets.

While Trump has kept up a stream of baseless claims that the election was corrupted by fraud, a growing number of state officials on both sides of the aisle pushed back against that notion.

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"We do elections well here in Arizona," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said shortly before he signed the certificate of ascertainment for Biden's electors. "The system is strong, and that's why I have bragged on it so much."

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Ducey's full-throated defense of his state's results came as Trump's legal advisers made sweeping allegations that the election was stolen during an event Monday with GOP state lawmakers in Phoenix.

Late Monday, Trump called in and spoke to the crowd via cellphone, calling the 2020 election the "greatest scam ever perpetrated against our country." The president ripped into Ducey, criticizing him for "rushing to sign" papers certifying Democratic victories.

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"We're going to win this," said Trump, who also tweeted attacks against the Republican governor. "Arizona won't forget what Ducey just did." He also said that additional suits would be filed as soon as Tuesday in Wisconsin and Georgia.

Ducey joined…
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