Georgia certifies election results but challenges remain ongoing in other states - ABC News

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US President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the US presidential election results may have been dealt a major blow after the state of Georgia certified its results, but challenges remain in other states.

Despite president-elect Joe Biden having been projected to win more than enough electoral votes to be inaugurated as the next US president in January, Mr Trump's legal team is resting its hopes on getting Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states won by Mr Biden to set aside the results and declare Mr Trump the winner.

Republicans control the Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin legislatures.

Mr Biden leads by 306 electoral votes to Mr Trump's 232 as states work to certify their results at least six days before the electoral college convenes on December 14.

Mr Trump's attempt to overturn results have been set back by a series of court defeats, as well as Georgia's secretary of state certifying the state's election results with Mr Biden leading by a margin of 12,670 votes or 0.25 per cent.

Mr Trump needs three state legislatures to intervene against vote counts as they stand now, and have those actions upheld by Congress and the US Supreme Court.

The President's lawyers argue the US constitution gives legislatures, rather than state governors and secretaries of state, the ultimate authority to appoint electors.

Legal experts have sounded the alarm at the notion of a sitting president seeking to undermine the will of the voters, though they have expressed scepticism that a state legislature could lawfully substitute its own electors.

Mr Biden's campaign legal adviser Bob Bauer said the Trump campaign was in a "hopeless legal position".

Here's the latest in states where results have been disputed.

Michigan

The Trump team is currently focusing on legal challenges in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Mr Trump invited Michigan's state legislative leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House of Representatives Speaker Lee Chatfield, both Republicans, to meet him at the White House on Friday (local time).

In a statement issued after the meeting, Mr Shirkey and Mr Chatfield said they had faith in a review of Michigan's elections process being conducted by state politicians.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election," they said in a statement.

Arriving at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Washington earlier in the day, Mr Shirkey and his colleagues had been met by a crowd of demonstrators, some of whom held signs that read "SHAME" while others chanted "Certify the results" and "Respect Michigan voters".

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, where the Trump campaign is challenging the election results in federal court, a legal team led by Mr Giuliani suggested in a filing on Wednesday that the judge order the Republican-led state legislature to pick delegates to the electoral college, potentially throwing the state's 20 electoral votes to Mr Trump.

A judge cancelled an evidentiary hearing in the case.

Nevada

In Nevada, a judge denied an emergency bid to stop the state from certifying its election results, saying in a court hearing it would disenfranchise more than 1 million of the state's voters.

The Election Integrity Project, an organisation led by a right-wing activist, had alleged voter fraud.

The organisation claimed it had identified about 1,400 people who had registered to vote in Nevada, moved to California and then voted in Nevada.

There was "an administrative remedy" for electoral fraud, Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman said.

"But the civil remedy of throwing out an election is just, to me, a shocking ask."

Arizona

In Arizona, the Republican Party is pressuring county officials to delay certifying results.

The GOP lost a bid on Thursday to postpone certification in Maricopa County, the state's most populous county, and officials there are expected to certify election results on Friday.

In north-western Arizona, Mohave County officials postponed their certification until next week.

Mr Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes, and Maricopa County put him over the top.

Wisconsin

In Wisconsin's two Democratic-leaning counties that are recounting votes, Mr Trump's campaign sought to discard tens of thousands of absentee ballots that it alleged should not have been counted.

The objections were twice denied by the three-member Dane County Board of Canvassers on bipartisan votes.

Mr Trump was expected to make the same objections in Milwaukee County ahead of a court challenge once the recount concludes.

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A large crowd of Donald Trump supporters marched into the State Capitol building in Georgia, as election officials recount the vote.

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