Today, for the first time since the week of the November 3 election, there are ZERO active court challenges to Arizona’s Presidential election. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this afternoon dismissed the Arizona Republican Party’s case suing Governor Doug Ducey and asking the court to “de-certify” the results giving Arizona’s Electoral College votes to Joe Biden.
The AZGOP asked to voluntarily dismiss the appeal a few weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the same case. Ducey and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer mercifully agreed not to seek reimbursement of attorney’s fees.
This was the last of some dozen cases brought by a combination of the Trump campaign, the Arizona GOP and various supporters. None of them came close to ending successfully and no convincing evidence of fraud was presented. One case resulted in attorney’s fees being awarded to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs; no word yet on whether the AZGOP will appeal.
Of course, there is still a chance that the Arizona Kraken will try to rear its ugly head in Arizona courts again, as Republicans in the State Senate continue to spar with Republicans on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors about efforts to recount the ballots (only) in the Presidential race.
(To see 9th Circuit’s dismissal, click here.)