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Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Trump's last major election challenge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday ruled against President Trump's attempt to disqualify 221,000 ballots in the state, ending Trump's last significant election lawsuit in the U.S.

Following President-elect Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election, Trump and his supporters have launched dozens of lawsuits across the U.S. attempting to get ballots thrown out and flip the election for Trump. Trump's campaign has been almost unilaterally unsuccessful, including in its attempt to throw out ballots in bluer areas of Wisconsin because, it alleged, officials improperly altered voting rules.

After losing its initial attempt to throw out ballots in Dane and Milwaukee Counties, the Trump campaign appealed the case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The higher court wrote in its 4-3 ruling that the Trump campaign could have brought up its allegations "long before the election," but instead was "challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began." Therefore, "the campaign is not entitled to relief," the majority concluded.

Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn led the decision against Trump on Monday, though that decision could've easily gone the other way if a conservative incumbent was re-elected this past spring. Kathryn Krawczyk