Texas GOP hints at secession in blistering statement following Supreme Court rejection

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A number of key court documents were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday in response to a lawsuit brought by Texas that seeks to overturn presidential election results in MI and three other states.

"What Texas is doing in this proceeding is to ask this court to reconsider a mass of baseless claims about problems with the election that have already been considered, and rejected, by this court and other courts", Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania's Democratic attorney general, wrote in a filing to the nine justices. Paxton charges that the four states expansion of absentee balloting and mail in voting during the general election - due to health concerns of in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic - were unconstitutional.

Texas filed the long-shot suit against the four states earlier this week directly with the Supreme Court. The Republican president won them in the 2016 election. It's not a legal message, but it's a practical message: "the Supreme Court is out of this game".

"All I can say is God bless Texas", the vice president stressed.

The high court said in unsigned order on Friday that Texas lacked standing and had "not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections", after Texas sought to stop those states from casting their electoral votes for Biden and instead to shift the selection of electors to the states' GOP-controlled legislatures.

But he has shied away from Trump's claims of massive voter fraud.

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The Electoral College will meet to vote on December 14, officially making Biden president-elect of the United States.

Texas lawsuit basically is asking the Supreme Court to throw out the millions of votes cast in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and block the electors, and have each state legislature determine the presidential victor. All four of the targeted states have Republican-led legislatures. In the statement she urged Americans to "move forward" as united states rather than divisive political factions in spite of the ongoing and baseless attacks on democracy by President Trump and his GOP allies.

But the Supreme Court to date has shown no desire to get involved in the presidential election.

In the wake of the Supreme Court's determination to not hear Texas' case against the State of Pennsylvania, the Texas GOP issued a statement that almost called for secession.

The lawsuit does not make specific fraud allegations. Ted Cruz of Texas to argue the case before the justices.

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