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The US Supreme Court on Friday killed the long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four states, dealing him a crushing, fatal blow in his evidence-free quest to stop President-elect Joe Biden from taking over the White House after beating him by more than 7 million votes.

The justices in a brief order rejected the bid by Texas to file the extraordinary challenge targeting Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin directly with the Supreme Court, as is allowed in some instances of litigation between states under a legal doctrine called "original jurisdiction," The Telegraph of UK reported.

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In the brief order, the tribunal said Texas did not have legal standing to bring the claim, as many legal scholars have maintained. "Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections," the court argued. The case was filed on Tuesday by the Republican attorney-general of Texas, a Trump ally, against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene and become a plaintiff, which further eroded the Texas case.

On Thursday, the four states asked the justices to reject the lawsuit, which they said had no factual or legal grounds. The court's order was its second this week rebuffing Republican requests that it get involved in the 2020 election outcome. The justices turned away an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday. The Electoral College meets on Monday to formally elect Mr. Biden as the next president. On Friday night, Mr Trump tweeted a polished campaign video which repeated discredited claims of election fraud. Twitter immediately added a content warning to the post. He was roundly mocked.

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