Sen. Ted Cruz believes President Trump still has a path to victory, despite major media outlets calling the race for presumptive President-elect Joe Biden.
The Texas Republican told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that he anticipates recounts in key states where Biden’s preliminary margin of victory is narrow.
“Historically, mail-in votes are much more likely to be disqualified in a recount than in-person votes. Generally, in-person votes — they’re conducted at the polling place, and they usually stand. That means what we’re likely to see in the next few weeks as the recounts go forward is that Joe Biden’s very, very narrow majorities in some of these states, those totals are likely to drop if we see mail-in votes when they’re examined being invalidated as contrary to the law,” Cruz said.
He added he believes Trump “still has a path to victory and that path is to count every single legal vote that was cast, but also not to cast any votes that were fraudulently cast or illegally cast.”
Cruz argued that federal law “anticipates” that election results will be contested because the electors meet Dec. 12, nearly five weeks after Election Day.
Biden leads Trump by 0.2% in Georgia, 0.56% in Arizona, and 0.61% in Pennsylvania, as of Sunday morning. The Trump campaign has launched a series of lawsuits calling for recounts. In Arizona, the campaign filed suit to ensure that ballots marked with sharpie markers are counted, amid allegations that they were rejected in Maricopa County.
The Nevada Republican Party sent a criminal referral to Attorney General William Barr, alleging over 3,000 instances of voter fraud in the state. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a Justice Department investigation into voting irregularities in Pennsylvania after he received a sworn affidavit from a postal worker alleging officials conspired to backdate ballots mailed after the Nov. 3 deadline.
The campaign is preparing to launch several lawsuits in Philadelphia, alleging in part that Republican poll-watchers were not provided meaningful access to watch the vote canvassing in the heavily Democratic city.
“What I’m saying to you is not a single one of these mail-in ballots were inspected as the law required. Even when a court order was obtained, to allow the Republican inspectors to get six feet closer there,” Rudy Giuliani said at a Saturday press conference. “They move the people counting the ballots six further feet away. It’s really simple. If you have nothing to hide, let people watch.”
Corey Lewandowski, a longtime associate of the president, read the names of voters who he said were dead at the time they cast their ballots. The Washington Examiner, as of Saturday, could not verify the veracity of Lewandowski’s claims.
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Count every single legal vote that was cast’: Ted Cruz says Trump still has a path to victory