Donald Trump's legal options to question his loss of the election are on the verge of limiting. Three battlefield states are promoted to Joe Biden to confirm their results for the Trump campaign after a crushing defeat in the courtroom over the weekend.
Pennsylvania and Michigan could officially release their results as early as Monday, while Nevada has Tuesday to confirm its vote. These milestones would further undermine Mr Trump's unprecedented efforts to reverse the election results.
The certifications will arrive as soon as the unwavering Republicans' support for Mr Trump's legal challenges begins to break. In recent days, some elected officials have publicly advised the President to respect the democratic process or to initiate a transition process.
Pat Toomey, the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, urged Trump to concede defeat, while Liz Cheney, a top Republican in the House of Representatives, warned the President to "immediately" produce evidence of allegedly widespread electoral fraud.
Kevin Cramer, the Republican Senator from North Dakota, defended Mr. Trump on Sunday for merely "exercising his legal powers" but said it was "time to begin a transition." "There has to be an end," he said on NBC's Meet the Press.
But Mr Trump has shown little evidence that he will ever admit defeat, even after a Conservative Pennsylvania judge dismissed an election lawsuit against Trump on Saturday night in a statement describing the case as legally unfounded and inconclusive.
"We will find a large number of fraudulent ballots," said the outgoing US president on Twitter on Sunday. "Fight tough Republicans."
Mr Trump has been making an attempt since November 3rd to hold on to power previously unseen in US history. He has dismissed lawsuits, almost all of which were dismissed by the court, and urged state lawmakers to ignore the results and unilaterally declare the election for him.
His legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and Sidney Powell, a defense attorney, have made increasingly extreme and unproven claims. Ms. Powell alleged Republican election officials were involved in a conspiracy against Mr. Trump.
Chris Christie, the former Republican governor of New Jersey and ally of Trump, called his legal team "a national embarrassment" on Sunday and said it was time for the president to admit.
“The country has to be most important. As much as I'm a strong Republican and love my party, it's the country that has to come first, ”he said on ABCs This Week.
So far, efforts have not failed the electoral process. Democratic and Republican election officials have expressed confidence in the integrity of the results and have dismissed the Trump campaign allegations of widespread fraud.
On Monday, Pennsylvania counties will certify their results to the state's top electoral officer after the Trump campaign lawsuit was dismissed on Saturday to block this certification. Mr Trump's attorneys have announced that they will appeal the dismissal to take the case to the Supreme Court. This is widely viewed as a long shot given the failure of Mr Trump's legal strategy to date.
A Michigan state electoral board made up of two Republicans and two Democrats will also meet on Monday to vote to confirm its results. Earlier this week, a similar county board in Wayne County, Michigan, which includes Detroit, was temporarily bogged down in party politics.
And on Tuesday, Nevada, which also won Mr. Biden, will confirm its results. A judge on Friday denied a Conservative activist's lawsuit to block Nevada’s certification.
Ronald Klain, whom Mr Biden has appointed White House chief of staff, said the president-elect was preparing to take office on Jan. 20, despite Mr Trump's efforts, and would announce his first cabinet appointments on Tuesday.
"Everything Donald Trump does now is bad for democracy, it's bad for our position, our image in the world, but it won't change what happens here when we get a new president next year," said Klain this week.
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