A Michigan state court rejected on Friday a request by supporters of President Donald Trump to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic challenger.
The ruling is a setback for Trump and Republicans who have been trying to overturn Biden’s victory in the November 3rd election by preventing officials from certifying election results.
The lawsuit alleged fraud and voting irregularities and requested an injunction to prevent certification of Detroit’s election results and also requested a new election.
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a similar lawsuit in US District Court in the Western District of Michigan and has also sued in other battleground states seeking to block the certification of election results.
Legal scholars have said lawsuits challenging election results are more appropriate for state court, and the ruling by the Wayne County Circuit Court could undermine the Trump campaign efforts in federal court.