Wisconsin high court declines to hear Trump election lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to hear President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state.
The court on Thursday said the case must first wind its way through lower courts.
Trump said in his filing with the Wisconsin Supreme Court that there would not be enough time to wage the legal battle that way before presidential electors cast their ballots on Dec. 14.
Biden defeated Trump by nearly 20,700 votes.
Trump asked the court to toss out more than 221,000 ballots in the state's two biggest Democratic counties.
"This is a presidential election, and process is one thing, and adherence to the law is nice, but 9.01 is no reason to hold up a presidential election, especially when there's these types of legal questions that everybody agrees exists," said Milwaukee County GOP Communications Director Rick Baas.
"It was not about really recounting the ballots case, it was really about changing the course of this election after the fact, and really taking a buckshot approach to finding ways to disenfranchise voters," said County Executive David Crowley speaking on behalf of the Biden campaign.
The president filed a new lawsuit Wednesday night asking a judge to have the Wisconsin legislature determine the outcome of the race.
The filing asked a judge to make a decision by Friday. No court hearing has been set.