Reuters: RPT–For Trump, challenging an election loss would be toughFriday, October 21, 2016
October 21, 2016
By: Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg Reuters
If Donald Trump were to challenge the outcome of next month’s presidential election, as he has hinted he might, he would face a difficult and expensive fight, according to election attorneys and a review of voting laws in key battleground states.
Trump has said he is worried the Nov. 8 election might be rigged in favor of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and in Wednesday’s debate he refused to say he would accept the outcome.
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To maximize his chances of overturning a Clinton win, Trump might need to challenge the results in several states, said Troy McCurry [of The Gober Group], a former Republican National Committee lawyer who was part of the party’s recount team in 2012.
Trump could try to bring a legal claim without first asking for recount by alleging, for instance, that an abuse of power by an election official, said McCurry, who’s law firm represented Ted Cruz in the Republican primary before McCurry joined the practice.
But if Trump’s lawyers were unable to muster specific facts to support that premise, he said, a judge would dismiss the lawsuit.
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Some election watchers question how serious Trump is about a challenge.
“A lot of this is just posturing,” McCurry said. “At the end of the day I don’t see how this happens.”
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