CNN, USA Today and other news outlets have proclaimed Joe Biden the winner in Michigan, collecting the 16 electoral votes that go with it.
Meanwhile, President Trump’s reelection campaign said Wednesday it was filing a lawsuit to stop the counting of votes in Michigan until it is given access to observe the counting.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, claimed that hasn’t been the case. “We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted,” he said in a statement. “We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.”
Media outlets were reporting that Biden overtook Trump in Michigan on Wednesday thanks to large numbers of votes in Biden’s favor from Detroit and its suburbs. Michigan was a state Trump won in 2016 when he just barely defeated Hillary Clinton, claiming the state by a little more than 10,000 votes.
Also on Wednesday, the Trump campaign requested a recount in Wisconsin, another state Biden was given credit for winning. The stage is being set for a potentially long and drawn out battle in the courts. Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller confirmed that Wednesday morning. “We are obviously leading a full-court press to make sure that we have all of our legal teams in place. We want to make sure that all legally cast ballots are counted. We also want to make sure that illegally cast ballots are not counted.”