Trump lodges unsuccessful bid to throw out Nevada votes
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Trump lodges unsuccessful bid to throw out Nevada votes

Las Vegas judge rejects claim filed by Republican campaign over 'anomalies,' as nominee again balks at accepting election outcome, alleges voting machines changing Republican votes to Democrat

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage for the third presidential debate at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage for the third presidential debate at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday alleged polling place “anomalies” during early voting in the Las Vegas area last week.

A lawsuit filed in Nevada court asked that records from four early voting spots that allegedly stayed open too late last Friday be impounded and preserved.

But a judge threw out the case, according to CNN.

Long lines had kept polls open past the 7 p.m. posted closing time at locations that included a Mexican market and several shopping centers. Officials say at one site, the last voter cast a ballot after 10 p.m.

Criticism was also coming from state Republican Party chief Michael McDonald.

 Volunteers look on as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton visits a campaign field office on November 2, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)
Volunteers look on as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton visits a campaign field office on November 2, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign also rejected the Nevada case in a Twitter message, calling it “a frivolous lawsuit.”

Trump on Tuesday was also rekindling his unsubstantiated concerns about a rigged election system.

Asked Tuesday afternoon on Fox News if he would accept the election results, Trump continued to demur.

The Republican presidential nominee said: “We’re going to see how things play out.”

“I want to see everything honest,” he said.

Trump also alleged that voting machines were rigged, telling Fox News: “There are reports that when people vote for Republicans the entire ticket switches over to Democrats.”

“It’s happening at various places today, it has been reported. In other words, the machines you put down a Republican and it registers as a Democrat. They’ve had a lot of complaints about that today,” he said.

Concerns about voter intimidation and fraud led to a flurry of lawsuits in the run-up to Election Day. New voter regulations in more than a dozen states also held the potential to sow confusion at polling places.

But at least in the early going, most of the problems at polling places appeared to be routine — the kinds of snags that come every four years, including long lines, machines not working properly, and issues with ballots or voter rolls.

America’s future hung in the balance Tuesday as millions of eager voters cast ballots to elect Clinton as their first woman president, or hand power to the billionaire populist Trump.

As the world held its collective breath, Americans were called to make a historic choice between two radically different visions for the most powerful nation on Earth.

While Clinton has a slim lead in polls, no one was ruling out a victory by her Republican rival Trump — with the winner’s name not expected to be known before 0300 GMT (5:00 a.m. Israel time) Wednesday.

By 1700 GMT voting was underway in all 50 states and the capital Washington. In Virginia horse country, balmy south Florida, and busy Manhattan long lines snaked into the streets outside polling stations.

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