Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona: Five of the six states where President Trump has tried and failed to contest election results have made it much harder for any legal challenges to get traction.
They did this by certifying their results, and thus confirming media projections that President-elect Joe Biden won their states. Arizona just certified its results on Monday afternoon. It’s likely that by the end of Monday, we’ll add the final state, Wisconsin, to this list.
After that, the three final steps to making the election results fully official are:
- Get past Dec. 8, which is a federal deadline for states to settle any disputes they have about who should be awarded electors. So far there aren’t any, nor do we expect any disputes, so this “safe-harbor” deadline for states to decide which candidate gets their electors (as opposed to Congress) is less of an issue.
- Dec. 14 is when the electoral college votes. Unless any electors cast votes against the will or laws of their states — which does sometimes happen, but we have no reason to believe a mass revolt is coming, here’s what the vote will be:
3. Congress certifies the results in January.
Trump still has a loyal following that wants to fight
Georgia GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler campaigns for her runoff against Democrat Raphael Warnock. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
That is manifesting itself in Georgia, right when Republicans can least politically afford it. As Trump tries to burn down democratic institutions on his way out of office, at least some hardcore Trump supporters in the state are turning on the GOP, demanding that it stand with Trump to fight election results. Some are even threatening to boycott the Georgia Senate runoff races on Jan. 5 until the president’s false claims of voter fraud are fixed.
It’s difficult to tell how widespread this feeling is and what that means for the runoffs, but it’s certainly not helpful for Republicans as they try to rally their base to keep their hold on the Senate and be a firewall to a Biden presidency. And it underscores that Trump has crafted his own reality for himself and an untold other number of Americans.