SCOTUS Shoots Down GOP Bid To Disrupt PA Election Results

CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2013/06/01: Supreme Court Building, eastern facade. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Supreme Court Building, eastern facade. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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December 8, 2020 4:51 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court, with no noted dissents, turned down a request by Republicans in Pennsylvania seeking to muck up Joe Biden’s win in the state.

The case was brought by Republicans, including a member of the U.S. House re-elected this year and GOP House candidates who lost their races. They had argued that the 2019 law that expanded mail-in voting in Pennsylvania violated the state’s constitution. They had sought the U.S. Supreme Court’s intervention after the state Supreme Court rejected their lawsuit.

The justices’ refusal to get involved was the latest in an unrelenting string of defeats allies of the President have faced in court in their flailing quest to stave off his defeat.

Very few of those efforts have made it to the Supreme Court, and Tuesday’s rejection of the Pennsylvania lawsuit is latest sign that it has no interest in disturbing the election results.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the President retweeted an image of Justice Amy Coney Barrett with laser-beams coming out of her eyes. Trump pushed to get Barrett on the court before the election in part because he believed she could serve as a decisive vote in any post-election disputes. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had offered to argue the Pennsylvania case before the Supreme Court.

The court’s order denying the Republicans’ request that it get involve was issued less than an hour after the Republicans’ last round of briefing hit the docket.

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