And just like that, the 2020 presidential election appears to be over. The U.S. Supreme Court Friday rejected the long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas in an attempt to throw out the voting results in the four swing states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. In a brief order, the justices simply said that Texas did not have the legal standing to bring the claim.
“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections,” the unsigned order said.
On Tuesday, the case was filed by Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, a Trump ally, in hopes of overturning the results in the four states that Trump won in the 2016 election but lost in 2020. The lawsuit was backed by more than 100 Republican House members.
The order does not rule out any other pending or future election appeals at the Supreme Court, but time is not on the side of the Republican challengers, and neither is momentum. This is just the latest in a long line of courtroom defeats.
Next up is the Dec. 14 meeting of the states for the Electoral College exercise. Then a joint session of Congress meets on Jan. 6 to count the electoral votes, and barring a last-second miracle for team Trump, certify Joe Biden as the winner.