With the 2020 race in limbo, the Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt the counting of ballots in the must-win state where Joe Biden leads by a razor-thin margin.
In a statement, campaign manager Bill Stepien claimed they had been refused access at counting stations to observe the opening of mail-in ballots in the swing state which could unlock the White House.
“As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be,” Stepien wrote.
“President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law,” he continued.
“We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access,” he went on.
Biden is leading the Electoral College 238-213 and the race is still too close to call in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia.
In a call earlier Wednesday, the Biden campaign said they had the absentee ballots to clinch the 270 electoral votes needed to win but Trump and his surrogates suggested these were fraudulent “ballot dumps.”
The campaigns are gearing up for a costly legal battle in the courts, with the president promising to challenge Biden’s victory in Wisconsin.
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