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Tues. 12:30 p.m.: Trump files lawsuit challenging Wisconsin election results

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit today in Wisconsin seeking to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two most Democratic counties, in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the battleground state he lost by nearly 20,700 votes.

Trump filed the day after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Biden as the winner of the state’s 10 Electoral College votes. Trump asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case directly, rather than have it start in a lower court, and order Evers to withdraw the certification.

The state’s highest court, controlled 4-3 by conservatives, also is considering whether to hear two other lawsuits filed by conservatives seeking to invalidate ballots cast during the presidential election.

Trump repeats many claims he made during a recount of votes in Milwaukee and Dane counties that large swaths of absentee votes were illegally cast. Local officials rejected his claims during the recount.

Trump is not challenging any ballots cast in conservative counties he won.

A spokesman for the Biden campaign in Wisconsin did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Evers’ spokeswoman Britt Cudaback referred to comments Evers made Monday that the election was “safe, fair, and efficient.” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, and other attorneys involved with the recount on behalf of Evers and Biden, did not immediately return messages.

“The people of Wisconsin deserve election processes with uniform enforcement of the law, plain and simple,” Trump’s Wisconsin attorney, Jim Troupis, said in a statement. “During the recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties, we know with absolute certainty illegal ballots have unduly influenced the state’s election results.”

Similar Trump campaign lawsuits have failed in other battleground states.

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