After a painstaking recount, Georgia officials confirmed on Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the battleground state on November 3, further narrowing the president's dubious effort to overturn the election results.
Should legislators appoint electors pledged to Mr. Trump in states Mr. Biden won, it's possible that two sets of electors from one state will meet on December 14 and cast competing ballots - one for Mr. Trump and one for Mr. Biden. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, each issued statements criticizing the President's continued unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.
Biden, a Democrat, has captured 306 electoral votes to the Republican Trump's 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the victor of the election, well above the 270 needed for victory.
Such an extraordinary event would be unprecedented in modern USA history. When Congress meets on January 6 to count the votes, it's possible Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, may throw out both sets of a state's electors.
Mr Trump was expected to meet Mike Shirkey, the leader of the State Senate, and Lee Chatfield, the speaker of the state House, in the White House yesterday, and possibly others from the state, though details beforehand remained unclear.
'What the president's doing now is really it's going to, ' he said, his voice trailing off. "This is an embarrassment to the state". Instead, as in numerous other Trump campaign election cases, the Nevada filings focus on much smaller claims, including questions about the use of a scanning machine to verify signatures and whether observers had proper access to observe vote counting.
Once states have certified the vote, pledged electors then cast their votes in the Electoral College in mid-December.
The president personally called two county canvass board officials earlier this week who had refused to certify the results in Wayne County, the state's most populous county and one that overwhelmingly favored Biden.
Biden legal adviser Bob Bauer said Trump's efforts are harmful to democracy but have no chance of success, though he stopped short of characterizing the legality of them.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Trump and his team had given up hope of overturning the election result with their lawsuits, and have settled on a new plan to stall the final vote announcement long enough to throw Biden's victory into doubt. It's an open attempt to intimidate election officials, it's absolutely appalling.
That's why Sen. Bernie Sanders, who appealed to the same working-class constituency that Trump captured, was never going to be allowed to become the party's candidate.
"Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election", Romney said on Thursday. "It is hard to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president".
Both Romney and Sasse have had their clashes with Trump in the past.
Biden, who turned 78 on Friday, slammed Trump as "irresponsible" for the move which also alarmed some Republicans.
By law, Georgia's results were supposed to be certified by 5 p.m. Friday.
He said the numbers "reflect the verdict of the people".
This is a hard legal argument since the campaign is asking a court to override the vote of millions of Americans because of relatively minor alleged voting irregularities.
President-elect Joe Biden is calling on Congress to enact billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before the year's end, according to a senior aide who warned Friday that "there's no more room for delay".
Her refusal to reach an "ascertainment" also keeps Biden from getting top security meetings meant to keep future presidents informed of myriad global challenges.