The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state, the Associated Press reported.
In a 4-3 decision ruling, the court sidestepped a decision on the merits of the claims and instead ruling that the case must first wind its way through lower courts.
The defeat was the latest in a string of losses for Trump’s post-election lawsuits. Judges in multiple battleground states have rejected his claims of fraud or irregularities. Dissenting conservative justices said the decision would forever “stain” the outcome of the election.
Trump asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to toss more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two biggest Democratic counties, alleging irregularities in the way absentee ballots were administered. His lawsuit echoed claims that were earlier rejected by election officials in those counties during a recount that barely affected Biden’s winning margin of about 20,700 votes.
This is a developing story.