States tell Supreme Court they support Texas bid to reverse Biden win

States tell Supreme Court they support Texas bid to reverse Biden win

President Donald Trump announces opioid response grants to state governments in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, September 4, 2019.Erin Scott | ReutersSeventeen states on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that they support an effort by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to sue to effectively reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s projected win in the Electoral College.The filing by the states came a day after Paxton asked the Supreme Court for permission to sue Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin over their election results, which Biden won in all instances.The states backing Paxton’s effort are Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.President Donald Trump defeated Biden in the popular vote of all of those states. But one of Nebraska’s electoral votes was won by Biden.Representatives for the four battleground states being targeted in the lawsuit did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.Trump on Wednesday said he wanted to join Paxton’s legal effort at the Supreme Court, which the defendants have dismissed as a political stunt by the Republican attorney general. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on Paxton’s request.Paxton, a Republican who remains under indictment for state felony securities fraud charges, is asking the hight court for permission to sue the four states to block their certification of Biden’s wins in them.Paxton argues that a block is warranted because of supposedly improper changes to voting procedures there in the past year, purportedly different treatment of voters in Democratic-heavy areas, and voting “irregularities.”Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden, claiming without evidence that he was the victim of widespread ballot fraud.Biden is projected to win the Electoral College next week with 36 more votes than the 270-vote minimum.Trump and his campaign, as well as their political allies, have repeatedly failed in legal efforts to invalidate votes for Biden.The president and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, recently have pushed for legislatures in battleground states whose popular elections were won by Biden to overrule their citizens, and to appoint a slate of electors for Trump to the Electoral Colleges.This is breaking news. Check back for updates.

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