Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit Challenging Election Results

Headline Roundup December 11th, 2020

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case launched by Texas and backed by the Trump campaign that sought to challenge 2020 presidential election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the case Tuesday, arguing that the battleground states violated state and Constitution election laws when officials and courts ordered COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic-related modifications. The Court decided 7-2 not to hear the case on the grounds that Texas lacked standing to pursue the case, saying it has not demonstrated a "judicially cognizable interest."

Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets tended to highlight the details of the case; some coverage from right-rated outlets highlighted other lawsuits across the country challenging election results.

From the Left
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The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an audacious lawsuit by Texas that had asked the court to throw out the presidential election results in four battleground states captured by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The court, in a brief unsigned order, said Texas lacked standing to pursue the case, saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.”

The move, coupled with a one-sentence order on Tuesday turning away a similar request from Pennsylvania Republicans, signaled that the court has...

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From the Right
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday brought an abrupt end to a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four states, dealing him a crushing setback in his quest to undo his election loss to Joe Biden.

The justices in a brief order rejected the bid by Texas to file the extraordinary challenge targeting Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin directly with the Supreme Court, as is allowed in some instances of litigation between states under a legal doctrine called...

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The Supreme Court of the United States on Friday rejected a bid launched by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump that sought to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s election wins in the key swing states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The nation’s highest court rejected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit, assessing that the motion lacked grounds to sue, known as “standing,” under Article III of the Constitution.

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending...

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