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Michigan judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit

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A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign after they called for a “halt” in the county until Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots.

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Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted.

Stephens also said the defendant Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn’t control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state’s chief election officer.

The lawsuit claimed Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan observers as well as challengers.

The Associated Press called the Michigan presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday evening. Trump won the state in 2016.