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Michigan gov calls Republicans' initial refusal to certify Detroit-area votes 'mind-boggling'

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday said it was "mind-boggling" that Republicans on the state's most populous county board tasked with certifying election results would initially refuse to recognize President-elect Joe Biden's clear victory because of baseless claims of voter fraud.

Washington (CNN)Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday said it was "mind-boggling" that Republicans on the state's most populous county board tasked with certifying election results would initially refuse to recognize President-elect Joe Biden's clear victory because of baseless claims of voter fraud.

Whitmer, a Democrat, was responding on CNN's "New Day" to the shocking decision Tuesday night by the two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to block a routine certification of the results, citing dubious claims of voting irregularities in Detroit.

Biden won Michigan by more than 148,000 votes, a victory made possible by a strong showing in Wayne County, where he netted more than 322,000 votes over President Donald Trump.

Jenna Ellis, one of the Trump campaign's legal advisers, made such a case on Tuesday night when she said the initial refusal to certify the results should open the door for the "Republican state legislator (sic) will select the electors. "

Whitmer, however, told CNN that it will not get to that point in Michigan because the "the law is clear and the vote was overwhelming. "

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