In a short decision on Friday, the Court would not allow Texas to challenge the election results in four battleground states basic to Trump’s defeat at the polls last month, finally sealing his political fate.
“Texas has not shown a judicially cognizable interest in the way in which another state directs its races,” the court said to sum things up request.
It dismissed all other related claims as moot.
Trump backed by many Republican lawmakers and 17 states, had joined the Texas suit as a plaintiff.
But he has now seen the futility of his efforts to upturn Biden’s victory.
The justices’ action clears the way for electors to convene in 50 states and the District of Columbia Monday and all but confirm that President-elect Joe Biden will be the nation’s 46th president.
Texas had made, and Trump had endorsed, an 11th-hour effort to have the nation’s highest court block Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from casting their electoral votes for Biden Monday.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed the four states used the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext to change election rules and greatly expand mail voting in violation of the Constitution.
Within days, the last-ditch challenge had erupted into a war involving nearly every state in the nation.
The four battleground states fired back, with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro labelling the effort to negate millions of citizens’ ballots a “seditious abuse of the judicial process.”
“Texas seeks to invalidate elections in four states for yielding results with which it disagrees,” Shapiro told the justices in legal papers.
“Its request for this court to exercise its original jurisdiction and then anoint Texas’s preferred candidate for president is legally indefensible and is an affront to principles of constitutional democracy.”
The effort was a long shot for several reasons.
States run their own elections, making it a violation of sovereignty for Texas to interfere with other states’ procedures.
Federal law defers to states in choosing electors, and Congress ultimately counts the votes.
*With reports by USA Today via Yahoo