Michigan Officials Certify Joe Biden's Election Win After Donald Trump's Legal Challenges Fail

President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Michigan has been officially certified by the state's top election officials.

Michigan's Board of State Canvassers met remotely on Monday afternoon to certify the results of the presidential race. The board, comprising two Democrats and two Republicans, voted 3 to 0 with one abstention to certify the results. At the time of the vote, Biden was ahead in the Wolverine State by 154,000 votes—roughly 15 times President Donald Trump's narrow margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in the state during the 2016 election.

The certification of Biden's win comes after the Trump campaign, which has launched a string of legal challenges in key 2020 battleground states, dropped its last remaining federal lawsuit in Michigan.

Leaders from Michigan's GOP-controlled legislature previously delivered a blow to the president when they stated Friday that there was no evidence that would change the outcome of the race. The statement came after the lawmakers, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House of Representatives Speaker Lee Chatfield, met with Trump at the White House.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors," Shirkey and Chatfield said.

But their statement didn't stop the Michigan GOP and national Republican Party from asking the Board of State Canvassers to delay certification of the election results for two weeks. In their request, which was made over the weekend, the groups said the delay was needed to "allow for a full audit and investigation" into alleged voting "anomalies and irregularities." No proof of irregularities was provided in the request.

During preliminary remarks on Monday, Michigan Bureau of Elections director Jonathan Brater addressed the request for a delayed certification and audit. He said the bureau did not find any anomalies in the election.

"The bureau has not identified any irregularities this year, other than the typical, occasional human error that is always part of the process," Brater said. "Overall we had an extremely well-run and secure election."

The Board of State Canvassers also heard public comments on Monday before casting their vote. Several speakers, including county clerks and former board members, urged the group to move forward with certification.

Jeff Timmer, the former leader of the Michigan Republican Party, told the board: "Whether the margin is one vote or one million votes is irrelevant to the duty this board must fulfill. Do your mandatory duty, certify Michigan's votes."

As of Monday afternoon, Biden's margin of victory in the popular vote stood at more than 6 million. In the Electoral College, he is projected to win 306 votes to Trump's 232. Trump has so far refused to concede, falsely claiming the election was rigged and stolen by Democrats.

Michigan is the second state to officially certify its election results, a process every state should complete by the December 8 "Safe Harbour" deadline. On December 14, state electors will meet to officially cast their vote for president and vice president.

Pennsylvania is also expected to certify results on Monday. Nevada officials will do the same on Tuesday. Arizona and Wisconsin, two other key battleground states that have been projected for Biden, have certification deadlines next week.

The next step for Michigan is for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to send the board's certification for the governor's sign-off. After the certification was made, Benson tweeted that "Democracy has prevailed."

"Today's vote of the State Board of Canvassers' to certify Michigan's November election confirms the truth: the election was fair and secure, and the results accurately reflect the will of the voters," she wrote, adding, "A record breaking 5.5 million Michigan citizens cast ballots in this election, more than ever before in our state's history. Their will is clear and unequivocal."

The Michigan Democratic Party also put out a statement on behalf of chair Lavora Barnes shortly after the results were certified.

"We are glad to see the Board of Canvassers stand up to Donald Trump's intimidation and harassment and carry out their constitutional duties to certify the election results," the statement read. "Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by 154,187 votes in our state after over 2.8 million Michiganders stood up and supported the President-Elect. We're proud to send 16 electors to the electoral college on December 14 to vote for the next president, Joe Biden."

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Joe Biden delivers remarks on October 16 in Southfield, Michigan. Michigan officially certified the 2020 election results on Monday, declaring Joe Biden the winner of the state's 16 electoral votes. Chip Somodevilla/Getty