US Supreme Court rejects Trump-backed bid to overturn results

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The US Supreme Court has rejected an unprecedented attempt to throw out election results in four battleground states.

The lawsuit, which was backed by outgoing President Donald Trump, was filed this week by the state of Texas and sought to invalidate results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

President-elect Joe Biden won all four.

It was supported by 18 state attorneys general and 106 Republican members of Congress.

The Supreme Court ruled that Texas did not have legal standing to bring the case.

Donald Trump had previously suggested without providing any evidence that the result of November’s presidential election would be settled in the Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the court rejected a separate legal challenge against Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.

Trump has made repeated unsubstantiated assertions that “illegal votes” cost him a second presidential term.

The outgoing US President along with his supporters have launched several lawsuits questioning the results of the election. None have come close to overturning Mr Biden’s victory.

The Democratic candidate defeated Trump by a margin of 306 to 232 votes in the US electoral college, which chooses the US president. Biden won seven million more votes than the president nationwide.

The electoral college is expected to meet on Monday to formally elect Biden as the 46th president of the US.