(FiveNation.com)- President Donald Trump is still holding on for dear life to his prospects of winning the election, but he was dealt a big blow on Monday.
Michigan’s elect officials certified the state’s victory for President-elect Joe Biden, after much controversy as to what would happen. The state’s Board of Canvassers certified the results by a 3-0 vote. One of the two Republicans on the board abstained from voting.
Following the decision, Jocelyn Benson, the Secretary of State in Michigan, said:
“Democracy has prevailed. Our democracy, like those who administer it, is resilient. Today, it survived an unprecedented attack on its integrity. There will no doubt be more in the future, based on falsehoods and misinformation. But then, as now, we will respond with facts, data and the truth.”
There was question for a while as to what would happen with Michigan’s votes. The Trump administration was pressuring the two Republican canvassers to reject the certification of the vote. The administration wanted them to investigate “irregularities” in vote counting that allegedly occurred in Detroit.
The president even invited the Republican canvassers to the White House to discuss the issue. Apparently, though, that didn’t make much of a difference.
Republican Norm Shinkle abstained from the vote, saying he wasn’t in favor of certification. Republican Aaron Van Langevelde decided to vote in favor of certification, though, along with the two Democrats on the board.
Van Langevelde is a former lawyer for the House GOP caucus in the state. During a meeting of the board, he said state law requires the board to certify the results, arguing it has no authority to delay the results or demand an audit. He said:
“I’ve reviewed the law here. It’s not complicated. It is very simple. We’re required to canvass the returns and determine the results.”
The Trump team is still hanging on to whatever hope they can have, but it seems that is fading fast. Over in Pennsylvania, most counties have certified the vote as well. While there are some that have had procedural delays, they are expected to certify soon, too. That would leave only one final step — the state’s Democratic Secretary of State from officially certifying it.
After news of the certified vote in Michigan and Pennsylvania’s situation revealed themselves on Monday, some Republicans called for Trump to concede the office to Biden. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican who will be leaving Congress in January, said:
“Since it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the president-elect, my hope is that President Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed. When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do.”
It doesn’t seem the president is quite ready to do so. Still, the president did authorize Emily Murphy, the GSA administrator, to share resources with Biden’s transition team.
On Monday, Trump tweeted:
“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”