Donald Trump’s attorneys have withdrawn a lawsuit against the outcome of the Michigan state presidential election. The reason they gave in court on Thursday was that they had succeeded in preventing the results from being confirmed in an important district. However, it was initially doubtful whether this was actually the case. Without the results from the county, confirmation of the vote could be held across the state.
In the large Wayne County, the two Republican members of the four-member electoral commission had initially refused to confirm the results of the vote earlier this week. After public criticism and a compromise with plans for a partial review, they relented a little later. But then they decided to withdraw their consent – and made this clear in written statements for the court.
Trump’s attorneys attached these statements to the motion to withdraw the lawsuit. However, a spokesman for Michigan State Secretary Jocelyn Benson said there was no legal mechanism for members of an electoral commission to undo their confirmation of results.
A member of the election commission told the Washington Post that Donald Trump had called her in the meantime. He still refuses to admit defeat in the presidential election, claiming that victory was taken away by fraud in favor of challenger Joe Biden. Neither Trump nor his lawyers have so far been able to present evidence.
State results are key to winning a presidential election. The head of state is not elected directly by the people, but by electorates who cast their votes according to the results in their state. According to calculations by the US media, the Democrat Biden has 306 electorates behind him, he needs 270 for the presidential election. Trump has 232 electorates. Michigan brings 16 votes from electoral voters.