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Karl Rove at a 2019 event in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Karl Rove wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday that President Trump's lawsuits are "not enough to change the final outcome" of the election" and "unlikely to move a single state" from President-elect Joe Biden's column.

Why it matters: The political consultant is one of the most prominent Republican figures to publicly acknowledge Biden's projected win as Trump and his allies continue to refuse to concede.

  • Rove is regarded as "the architect" of Bush's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, including the disputed 2000 election win over Democrat Al Gore that ended up in the Supreme Court.
  • He told Fox News Radio earlier this year he had given the Trump campaign "unvarnished advice" whenever it contacted him.

What he's saying: In the op-ed, headlined "This Election Result Won’t Be Overturned," Rove wrote that in order for Trump to win his lawsuits in key battleground states, he "must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands."

  • "There is no evidence of that so far. Unless some emerges quickly, the President's chances in court will decline precipitously when states start certifying results," he added.
"Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium. Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go."

Go deeper: Arizona's GOP AG rejects voter fraud claims, expects Biden to win state

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Episode 6: Last stand in Georgia

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer, Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 6: Georgia had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 and Donald Trump's defeat in this Deep South stronghold, and his reaction to that loss, would help cost Republicans the U.S. Senate as well. Georgia was Trump's last stand.

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.

Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

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As America emerges from the pandemic, here's a special Axios AM Deep Dive on the Biden administration's health care agenda.