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Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit in Donald Trump's bid to undo US election loss

The US Supreme Court has brought an abrupt end to a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four states, dealing him a crushing setback in his quest to undo his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden.

The justices in a brief order rejected the bid by Texas to file the extraordinary challenge targeting Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin directly with the Supreme Court, as is allowed in some instances of litigation between states under a legal doctrine called "original jurisdiction".

The order said Texas did not have legal standing to bring the claim.

"Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognisable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections," the court said in the unsigned order.

The Supreme Court's 6-3 conservative majority includes three justices appointed by Mr Trump and none of them commented in the unsigned order.

Two of the court's conservatives, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, said they would have allowed Texas to sue but would not have blocked the four states from finalising their election results.

The case was filed on Tuesday by the Republican Attorney-General of Texas, a Trump ally.

The Republican President on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene and become a plaintiff.

The four states targeted in the filing on Thursday asked the justices to reject the lawsuit, which they said had no factual or legal grounds.

There was no immediate response from the White House.

A Biden spokesman said it was "no surprise" the court rejected "baseless attempts" to deny Mr Trump lost the election. 

Mr Biden won all four states in question.

Mr Trump had won them in the 2016 election.

"Our nation's highest court saw through this seditious abuse of our electoral process," Pennsylvania Attorney-General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said on Twitter.

Mr Trump's campaign and his allies have already lost in numerous lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the election results.

Mr Trump has falsely claimed he won the election and has made baseless allegations of widespread voting fraud and a system "rigged" against him.

State election officials have said they found no evidence of such fraud.

Lawyers for Mr Trump and his allies have failed to present evidence in court of the type of fraud he has alleged.

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