Wisconsin Supreme Court Declines to Hear Trump Voter Fraud Case, Effectively Ending Campaign's Efforts to Win State

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is running out of options when it comes to challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election in court.

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out the Trump campaign's voter fraud lawsuit, two days after his the president's team asked justices to revoke the certification of the state's election results and disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in the state's two biggest Democratic counties — Milwaukee County and Dane County.

A recount in the two counties, which cost Trump $3 million, concluded on Sunday and turned up dozens more votes for Biden.

Trump called the recount "phony" and "a total ripoff" on Twitter.

On Monday, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Badger State. Biden's win by a margin on 0.6 percentage points means the Democrat would win the state's 10 electoral colleges.

Trump's lawsuit alleged irregularities in the way absentee ballots were administered in these two Democratic counties. He did not ask to toss out votes in Republican areas in Wisconsin, even though ballots were cast the same way there as they were in other counties.

Attorneys for Evers called the lawsuit an "a shocking and outrageous assault on our democracy" in fillings with the court.

"He is simply trying to seize Wisconsin's electoral votes, even though he lost the statewide election," the governor's lawyers wrote.

The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear Trump's case on Thursday, saying it must first go through lower courts, which the president had attempted to bypass due to the time constraints of the December 14 date when presidential electors will cast their votes.

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Rallygoers deliver the “Count Every Vote” message in the wake of the presidential election results on November 07, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear the Trump campaign's case seeking to overturn the state's certification of this year's presidential election. Daniel Boczarski/Stringer

The court ruled 4-3 against Trump, with swing Justice Brian Hagedorn joining the three liberal justices on the bench.

Hagedorn wrote that the factual disputes brought forward by the president's legal team "are best managed by a circuit court."

"I do not know how we could address all the legal issues raised in the petition without sorting through these matters, a task we are neither well-positioned nor institutionally designed to do. The statutory process assigns this responsibility to the circuit court," Hagedorn wrote.

It is unknown whether the Trump campaign will pursue the case in circuit court. Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but did not hear back before publication.

Writing for the minority opinion, Chief Justice Patience Roggensack said she would have taken the case due to the looming timeline "that may preclude our deciding significant legal issues that cry out for resolution by the Wisconsin Supreme Court."

Thursday's legal defeat is the latest in a string of losses for the Trump campaign. Judges in several key swing states have rejected the campaign's lawsuits claiming widespread election fraud.

Two other lawsuits filed by conservatives and seeking to invalidate ballots are still pending with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.