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After an initial blockade, two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers turned the course and voted to certify the county̵

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Detroit Free Press

LANSING – John James, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate in the Nov. 3 election, asked State Board Canvassers Friday to postpone the certification of Michigan’s state election results.

The four-member board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, is scheduled to meet Monday to confirm the results amid continued efforts by Republican Donald Trump to overturn results showing Democratic President-elect Alex Biden defeated him in Michigan by about 154,000 votes. .

Trump has made unfounded allegations of election irregularities in Detroit and elsewhere. The alleged irregularities would not come close to overthrowing the result, even if it were true, and have been rejected by several state courts.

In a letter to the board, James asked for a two-week delay “in order to fully verify the election results.”

He included a lengthy letter from his lawyers and statements from three voting challengers and voters.

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“I am submitting this request because I am interested in the truth and protecting the integrity of our choices,” James said. “Sometimes the truth takes time to get up, and it’s rarely easy to get to.”

Unofficial results show that US Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat, defeated James by just over 92,000 votes.

James, a businessman in the Detroit area, has refused to admit.

Norm Shinkle, a Republican board member, has said he leans toward asking for a delay.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said audits are scheduled for certification and there are no reliable allegations of fraud to justify a delay in the board’s duty to certify the results.

Contact Paul Egan at pegan@freepress.com or 517-372-8660. Follow him on Twitter @ paulegan4.

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