Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced Friday that he will support lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s legal team to deal with the allegedly “compromised election process” in several battleground states.
Reyes, a Republican, alleged that former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his allies know that Trump “will win if only verified legal votes are counted,” repeating a claim from Trump about alleged election fraud. “We are making sure that happens but looks like courts may have to decide that,” he said on Twitter.
Reyes then announced that he took personal leave time to “prepare and support litigation in several” states, without elaborating. It’s not clear what state he would be going to, but the Deseret News reported he is in Nevada, where a Trump team-filed lawsuit is pending.
Trump’s team filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and the team announced they would join a lawsuit in Arizona.
Votes in the states, as well as in Alaska, North Carolina, and other states are still being counted.
In Nevada, Trump’s legal team alleged that thousands of ballots were cast in Clark County, which includes the Democratic stronghold of Las Vegas, from outside the state.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, a Democrat, told CBS News on Friday that the lawsuit is without merit, saying it is a “last-ditch effort” to “derail the election.”
“When you take a look at the list that [the Trump campaign] presented … one of the first things that pops out is that there are a lot of military addresses on that list. What the cover letter says is that it appears these people may have improperly cast mail-in ballots,” Ford said, adding that it is “pure speculation.”
Also on Friday morning, Biden pulled ahead of Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia by a slim margin. The Arizona GOP, meanwhile, said Trump has a path to victory in the state, but if Trump loses Georgia and Pennsylvania, he has no chance of receiving more than 270 Electoral College votes.
Despite months of predictions about a “blue wave,” @GOP kept the Senate & expanded seats in the House. Biden & his allies know @POTUS will win if only verified, #legal votes are counted. We are making sure that happens but looks like courts may have to decide that. #RuleOfLaw
— Sean Reyes (@SeanReyesUT) November 6, 2020
Trump has shown no indication that he will concede defeat in the near future, and in a speech on Thursday night, he suggested there would be a long legal fight ahead.
“If you count the legal votes I easily win,” he said at around 6:45 p.m. ET. “If you count the illegal votes,” then Biden wins, he added.
“We want openness and transparency, no mystery ballots, no illegal ballots being cast after Election Day,” he said. “We think we will win the election easily” because his team has “so much evidence, so much proof.”
Before that, Biden delivered remarks to the media, saying that “we have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners.”
“So, I ask everyone to stay calm, all people stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed and we’ll know very soon,” he said.