Trump campaign shifts strategy as recount, lawsuit efforts quickly sinking
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Part of the new Trump campaign effort involves trying to delay certification, the normally routine process by which election results are finalized, either through recounts or by stalling at the local level, a senior campaign official said.
That happened on Tuesday in Detroit, where Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers at first refused to certify the results, then reversed themselves, then signed affidavits that they wanted to rescind their certification.
One of the members told Reuters that Trump called her after she agreed to certify the results.
Trump’s campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in Michigan, citing the Wayne County officials’ affidavits. Officials say it is too late, however.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Thursday said Michigan would be conducting a planned, voluntary audit after the results were certified, which she called routine.
“Audits are neither designed to address nor performed in response to false or mythical allegations of ‘irregularities’ that have no basis in fact,” Benson, who oversees the state’s election process, said in a statement.
The campaign has already asked a judge in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, to declare Trump the winner and said its Republican-controlled legislature should choose the state’s 20 Electoral College voters.
The latest effort reflects the reality that Trump has a dwindling number of options to overturn the results.