Legislators won't change Michigan results

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Michigan's Republican state leaders have said after meeting President Donald Trump they have no information that would change the outcome of the presidential election in the state, and will follow the "normal" electoral process.

The Republican Trump summoned the lawmakers to the White House on Friday in an extraordinary effort to try to set aside Democrat Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the state.

Michigan is one of several states where the campaign of Trump is seeking to challenge Biden's victory in the November 3 election, based on unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

"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," Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House of Representatives Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a statement on Friday.

Having been stung by a series of court defeats, the Trump team is resting its hopes on getting Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states to set aside the results and declare Trump the winner, according to three people familiar with the plan.

The two lawmakers said they also pressed for more funds for Michigan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Their visit came as Michigan's election agency recommended the election results be certified next week by state canvassers.

On Tuesday, GOP canvassers in Michigan's largest county, Wayne, refused to certify local results but then changed their position after intense public criticism.

Then after talking to Trump, they said a day later they were rescinding their previous vote but it was too late.

The state Bureau of Elections said all Michigan's 83 counties had sent their certified results to Lansing.