Michigan certifies Biden win, days after Trump leans on state’s GOP lawmakers


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks about health care at Beech Woods Recreation Center October 16, 2020 in Southfield, Michigan.

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Michigan’s top elections board on Monday certified Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential vote, dealing President Donald Trump yet another blow in his effort to block the Democrat’s national victory.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers signed off on the popular election results in a 3-0 vote.

Republican board member Aaron Van Langevelde voted to certify the votes, while the other GOP member, Norm Shinkle, abstained.

The vote came days after Trump held an unprecedented meeting at the White House with Republican state lawmakers from Michigan in what was believed to be an effort to get the state legislature to nullify the popular vote and appoint a slate of Trump electors to the Electoral College.

After the meeting, the legislators said they had seen no evidence of fraud that would invalidate the popular vote, and that they would follow state law, which mandates that the state’s Electoral College voters go to the winner of popular ballots.

Ben Halle, spokesman for Biden’s campaign in Michigan, said in a statement, “We appreciate the state board’s recognition of the plain facts: President-elect Joe Biden resoundingly won the state of Michigan by more than 150,000 votes — 14 times the margin of Donald Trump in 2016.”

“We thank the State of Michigan for its support, and look forward to receiving its 16 electoral votes,” he said. 

Trump’s campaign has claimed, without evidence, that he was swindled out of a victory in Michigan and elsewhere as a result of voting fraud.

The campaign dropped a federal lawsuit challenging ballots in the Detroit area last week.

Michigan is one of several states won by Biden that Trump had won in the 2016 election.

Georgia is another one of those states. Georgia last week certified its votes showing a win for Biden after a hand recount of ballots. The state will now conduct a machine recount at the Trump campaign’s request.

Biden is currently projected to win 306 Electoral College votes, 36 electoral votes more than he needs to clinch the presidency.

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