Tuesday, December 1

Trump begins to run out of time to turn the election around


New York Correspondent

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Donald Trump continues his efforts to change the outcome of the polls in the presidential election, but he faces a stubborn enemy: the passage of time. Days go by, and neither the president of the United States nor his legal team present substantive evidence of what they call “Massive fraud” and “electoral theft” nor are they successful in court. And the certification process in the decisive states, those in which Trump tries to eliminate Joe Biden’s advantage at the polls, is moving forward.

This Friday was the case in Georgia, where the Democratic candidate and president-elect won by very few votes, just over 12,000 ballots. The state held a hand count, determined by the narrow margin of difference between the candidates, and between accusations of fraud of the Trump campaign.

The recount left things the same and Georgia Secretary of State Republican Brad Raffensperger certified the results in favor of Biden. The state governor, also Republican Brian Kemp, signed the certification. Trump may still allow another recount, but Raffensperger, who has faced formidable pressure from Trump and his allies, said he didn’t expect that to make any difference. “The numbers reflect the verdict of the people,” he said.

Michigan, another of the great battles, you must certify your results tomorrow. There are doubts that the Republicans on the state electoral council will agree to sign the results, after strong pressure from Trump. Something like this has already happened in the Wayne County certification process, the largest in the state, when Republican representatives first refused to do it, and then they agreed. They received a phone call from Trump and the next day, with the results certified, they said they were “rescinating” their vote.

Trump also invited Republican leaders in Michigan legislatures to the White House. In the event of irregularities that involve a “failed election”, the election of electors falls to these bodies, the delegates of each state who elect the president. But after the meeting, although they promised to investigate any “allegation of fraudulent behavior”, they assured that “we are not in possession of any information that could change the outcome.”

It was another defeat for Trump, who also saw how justice in Arizona dismissed his latest demands and how the electoral council of Maricopa County, the largest in the state and with four out of five Republican members, voted in favor of certifying the results and confirmed the integrity of the elections.

Arizona is expected to certify its results tomorrow – as is Pennsylvania, although there is more chance of delay here – and Nevada, another disputed state, to do so on Tuesday.

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