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Local GOP officials keep pushing fraud claims as election results are finalized

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Trump campaign's options to dispute the election have largely evaporated, but that hasn't stopped some of the President's supporters from trying to gum up election certifications in battleground states.

In Michigan, two Republican members of the canvassing board in Wayne County -- which includes Detroit -- on Tuesday temporarily blocked certification of the election results before backing down.

Separately, the wife of a Republican member of the state board in charge of certifying results next week is being held out as a witness by the Trump campaign in a lawsuit trying to block the certification of the vote.

And in Arizona's Pima County, which includes Tucson, two GOP members of the county board of supervisors voted against certifying the election results, citing possible "statewide irregularities," though the results were certified on a 3-2 party-line vote.

None of them appear to have any chance of changing the election result, with President-elect Joe Biden leading by tens of thousands of votes in all of the states Trump's campaign is contesting or where there's a recount.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday found 68% of Republicans said they were concerned that the election was "rigged," and 52% of GOP respondents said Trump "rightfully won. " A Monmouth University poll found 77% of Trump supporters said Biden's win was due to fraud.

Giuliani argued that the Trump campaign has been blocked from observing ballot processing in key cities and saying Democrats could have conspired to commit election fraud by counting absentee votes -- both assertions other judges have rejected repeatedly in court as unfounded or wrong.

In Arizona, where Biden leads by more than 10,000 votes, the two Republican members of the Pima County board of supervisors, Ally Miller and Steve Christie, voted not to certify the county's results on Tuesday.

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