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Georgia Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Over Late Ballots

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 11/5/2020 Erik Larson
a person sitting at a table with a cake: Election officials wearing protective masks sort empty absentee ballot envelopes for the 2020 Presidential election by precinct for storage at the Dekalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office in Decatur, Georgia, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Republicans are watching with alarm and anxiety as the race narrows in Georgia, where Trump's lead slipped to about 18,500 votes throughout the count that continued into Thursday. © Bloomberg Election officials wearing protective masks sort empty absentee ballot envelopes for the 2020 Presidential election by precinct for storage at the Dekalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office in Decatur, Georgia, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Republicans are watching with alarm and anxiety as the race narrows in Georgia, where Trump's lead slipped to about 18,500 votes throughout the count that continued into Thursday.

(Bloomberg) -- A Georgia judge dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign that alleged dozens of late ballots were mingled with on-time ballots, dealing the latest blow to Republicans in a swing state that’s still too close to call.

“The court finds there is no evidence that the ballots referenced in the petition were received after 7 p.m. on Election Day, thereby making those ballots invalid,” Judge James Bass said in a ruling Thursday in Savannah, Georgia.

The suit related to about 50 ballots, according to the GOP’s petition, but the campaign had sought a court order directing all Georgia election officials to prevent late ballots from being counted. A ruling in Trump’s favor could have added weight to his unsupported claim of voter fraud involving mail-in ballots.

Only 13,539 votes separate the two candidates in Georgia, with Trump ahead. The last time this state sent a Democrat to the White House was in 1992 when Bill Clinton won with 43.47% of the vote. Georgia has 16 electoral college votes.

(Adds what suit was seeking in third paragraph.)

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