Detroit's Major Newspaper Calls on Michigan to Certify Election Results Now, as State GOP Pushes for Delay

One of Michigan's most prominent newspapers has called on the state's Board of Canvassers to certify the election results, as the state's Republicans continue to push for delays without providing any evidence of widespread fraud.

Laura Cox, the chair of the Michigan Republican Party, and Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, sent a letter Saturday to the Michigan's State Board of Canvassers to "adjourn for 14 days" to allow an audit of Wayne County's election results. Despite multiple lawsuits and claims from President Donald Trump's campaign alleging widespread fraud in Michigan and Wayne County, no evidence has emerged.

"Enough, already. The fanciful conspiracy theories have been debunked," the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press wrote in a Saturday opinion article. "The spurious lawsuits have been thrown out of court, or withdrawn, almost as quickly as they were filed," the Michigan newspaper's editorial board wrote.

"In summary, the jig is up: The farce set in motion when the loser of this year's presidential election petulantly refused to acknowledge the voters' verdict has run its course, and the patience of Americans compelled to endure that sad spectacle has been exhausted," they wrote.

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David Woods sells the Sunday Detroit Free Press on Livernois and Seven Mile Road announcing that Joe Biden has been declared president-elect on November 8 in Detroit, Michigan JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty

Newsweek reached out to the Michigan GOP for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

As Trump and Republican's legal efforts to overturn the election results have failed in Michigan—and in battleground states across the country—they have shifted their focus, attempting to block the certification of results. Michigan's State Board of Canvassers is scheduled to meet on Monday to certify the results. But the board is composed of two Democrats and two Republicans, with one of the GOP members pushing fraud claims publicly.

Last week, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially reached an impasse during its meeting to certify the county's results. The two Republican board members refused to give their approval, but then reversed their decision after outcry from Michigan voters. After the decision had been made and the certification approved, the two Republicans then tried to rescind their approval after speaking by phone with Trump. But there is no legal path for them to rescind once the decision has been made.

Now some are concerned Michigan's State Board of Canvassers could face a similar situation. "In 16 presidential election cycles, no board member has challenged the legitimacy of Michigan's presidential vote, or threatened to delay certification," the Free Press explained. "Until now."

Michigan's state legislative leaders—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, both of them Republicans—met with Trump in the White House on Friday. The president reportedly hoped he could convince the lawmakers to appoint electors in his favor, despite President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes. After the meeting, the two GOP lawmakers released a statement suggesting they had no plans to overturn the election results.

"We will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election," Chatfield and Shirkey said in a statement.

Although the Free Press spoke favorably of Chatfield's and Shirkey's statement, they urged other Michigan Republicans to stop supporting the president's false claims.

"What an embarrassment it would be if Michigan were the last state in the union to acknowledge reality," the editorial board wrote. "It's past time for Michigan Republicans to stop enabling the president's delusions. Enough, already. Enough."