Nov 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign abandons Arizona lawsuit

Photo of a smiling Donald Trump standing behind a podium at a Trump rally

President Trump at a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona in October. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty

President Trump's campaign said in court Friday that a lawsuit contesting the presidential vote count in Maricopa County, Ariz., was moot, per The Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: It's yet another tacit acknowledgment from the campaign that its attempt to flip states from President-elect Biden to Trump utilizing legal methods is unlikely to be effective.

What happened: The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that some in-person votes in Maricopa County were incorrectly rejected.

  • Kory Langhofer, a Trump campaign attorney, said they weren’t alleging voter fraud at a hearing on Thursday, according to WSJ. The campaign instead claimed that poll workers had submitted ballots with errors and did not give voters the opportunity to correct them.
  • The number of these ballots was less than 200, but Biden led Trump by over 11,000 votes on Friday with 99% of the votes counted, according to the AP's tally.

The backdrop: Trump continues to litigate election results in other battleground states including Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He has not publicly conceded to Biden.

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