Two Republican legislators in Michigan have indicated that they will not seek to undo Joe Biden’s projected win in the state, in what is seen as a fresh setback for President Donald Trump.
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield pledged to follow ‘normal process’ in validating the vote, according to a BBC report.
Their comments followed a meeting at the White House.
Shirkey and Chatfield said in a joint press release: ‘We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.’
Earlier on Friday, Georgia dealt the Trump party another blow by certifying Biden’s razor-thin margin of victory after a recount.
Biden is set to take office on 20 January as the 46th US president.
According to the BBC report, Biden’s victory in the Electoral College system, which determines who becomes president, is projected to be 306 to 232 – far above the 270 he needs to win. His lead in the public vote overall stands at more than 5.9 million.
Trump, who has had few public appearances since the 3 November vote, on Friday again falsely claimed victory. ‘I won, by the way,’ he said, while making an announcement on drug pricing.
He has drawn sharp criticism for alleging widespread electoral fraud without providing any evidence.
Democrats have accused Trump of abusing his office by trying to pressure the legislators to subvert the will of voters and seat their own electors at the Electoral College, which gathers on 14 December.