The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.
The court turned away a request for injunctive relief from Pennsylvania Republican Mike Kelly and others who sought to overturn the results, the Washington Examiner reported.
SCOTUS rejects election challenge
The Republicans had appealed to Justice Samuel Alito, who referred the matter to the whole court. Alito had previously moved up the deadline for Pennsylvania to respond from Wednesday to Tuesday, which left time to resolve the issue before a “safe harbor” deadline on Dec. 8.
“The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the court said.
The Republican plaintiffs argued that a no-excuse mail-in voting law violated Pennsylvania’s state constitution. They called for more than 2 million ballots to be thrown out and to stop certifying the results.
The case was previously dismissed by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, which argued that the plaintiffs took too long to make their challenge.
Echoing the state’s top court, Pennsylvania officials called the challenge “frivolous” and extraordinary in its demands. “They make that request without any acknowledgment of the staggering upheaval, turmoil, and acrimony it would unleash,” the state’s attorney, Andrew Wiygul, wrote.
Dems cheer, Trump defiant
Conservative law professor Jonathan Turley said candidly that Trump “would have to land a jumbo jet on a postage stamp” to turn things around at this point. The Electoral College meets on Monday to vote for the president.
“I mean, he does not have a lot of runway left. This was considered his strongest case for the Supreme Court and the court system has proven that it is independent in reviewing these claims,” Turley told Fox News.
Democrats hailed the decision as spelling the end of Trump’s efforts to challenge the election. But Trump’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, vowed to continue fighting until the next president’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
“The only fixed day in the U.S. Constitution is the inauguration of the President on January 20 at noon,” they said. “Despite the media trying desperately to proclaim that the fight is over, we will continue to champion election integrity until the legal vote is counted fairly and accurately.”
Meanwhile, Texas sued Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia in the Supreme Court on Tuesday over the election results. Trump has hailed the case as “the big one” and he is promising to intervene.