President Trump, as his path to win re-election narrows, has launched a number of legal actions seeking to halt the tally in several swing states and recount the vote in Wisconsin after Joe Biden was declared the victor.
The former vice president is a handful of votes away from reaching the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency as results in Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have yet to be released.
Trump trails with 214 electoral votes.
Here’s a breakdown of the Trump campaign’s legal action in each of the states.
The swing state Trump won in 2016 flipped for Biden as he was declared the winner Wednesday with 49.8 percent of the vote, compared to the president’s 48.6 percent.
Biden won the state’s 16 electoral votes.
At the same time, Team Trump announced a lawsuit to halt the counting of mail-in ballots until campaign observers can be given “meaningful access” to the process.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien said observers were refused access at stations where workers were opening the ballots.
The Keystone State’s 20 electoral votes are up for grabs since neither Trump nor Biden won and the count could continue until Friday.
Trump leads Biden 51.8 to 46.9 percent.
The re-election campaign has taken a three-pronged legal approach.
The campaign will join a lawsuit filed by GOP candidates challenging the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow the state to extend until Friday the counting of ballots postmarked by Election Day.
It’s also seeking to make the tally process more transparent by ensuring that GOP campaign observers be allowed access to ensure “that every ballot is counted, and counted once.”
Third, the campaign said it will sue to make sure that first-time voters in the state provide identification with their mail-in or absentee ballots as state law dictates.
The state Supreme Court decided last Friday that a photo ID isn’t required if a voter is dropping off a mail-in ballot and that the ballot can’t be tossed if the signature on the envelope doesn’t match what’s in the voting files.
The president’s son Eric Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani held a news conference Wednesday in Philadelphia to claim that “rampant corruption” was taking place in Pennsylvania to steal the election.
The Trump re-election campaign is demanding a recount of votes in the key battleground state after it was declared for Biden on Wednesday, 49.4 to 48.8 percent.
Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes.
A candidate whose total votes were within 1 percent of the winner’s total votes in Wisconsin can request a recount of the results.
The race in the Peach State is tightening, but Trump maintains a 49.6 to 49.2 percent lead over Biden, according to new tabulations released overnight.
Sixteen electoral votes are at stake.
The campaign sued to have a judge account for ballots in a county that includes Savannah, which leans Democratic, that were received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The suit claims that a Republican observer saw a poll worker take unprocessed ballots and mix them in with processed ballots that were waiting to be counted in Chatham County.
Ballots needed to be received by 7 p.m. to be valid. Source NY Post