20 more Republicans, including McCarthy, endorse Texas challenge to Biden victory

The list of House Republicans formally challenging the presidential election results jumped on Friday, as 20 more lawmakers, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRhode Island state treasurer running for Langevin's seat in US House McConnell aims to sidestep GOP drama over Trump House Republicans bash Democrats' China competition bill MORE (R-Calif.), endorsed the Texas lawsuit alleging widespread voter fraud.

A day earlier, the House amicus brief accompanying the Texas challenge had attracted the support of 106 Republican lawmakers, including Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseSarah Palin's defamation case against New York Times heads to trial Supreme Court handcuffs Biden on vaccinations House GOP campaign arm rakes in 0M in 2021 MORE (R-La.). The revised document, released Friday, brings the figure up to 126, representing roughly two-thirds of the Republican conference.

In its challenge, Texas has asked the Supreme Court to review the election results in four states carried by President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE won those battleground states in 2016, and the Texas suit, filed Tuesday by the state's Republican attorney general, alleges that "voting irregularities" surrounding this year's presidential contest call into question Biden's victory in all four states.

"Presently, evidence of material illegality in the 2020 general elections held in Defendant States grows daily," the suit charges.

The amicus brief was spearheaded by Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonDemocrats outraged after Manchin opposes Biden spending bill Trio of former 'Bachelorette' contestants cut pro-Biden ad GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots MORE (R-La.), the outgoing head of the Republican Study Committee and a close Trump ally who was a prominent defender fo the president during his impeachment last year.

Other prominent Republicans to endorse the legal brief are Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanReps ask Capitol Police Board for information on 'insider threat awareness program' Are the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team MORE (Ohio), senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee; Andy Biggs (Ariz.), who heads the conservative Freedom Caucus; and Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), the incoming Republican Study Committee chairman.

The Texas suit is just the latest in a long string of suits from Trump and his allies contesting this year's election results. Virtually all of them have been dismissed by the courts, at times with scornful statements from the presiding judges, who have openly mocked the absence of evidence revealing fraud on any scale.

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Trump has cheered the suits, making unsubstantiated claims that the election was rigged by a cabal of state election workers, foreign governments and election technology companies all fighting to tip the scale toward Biden. Yet even Republican officials overseeing the election process have rejected Trump's claims with increasingly urgent appeals for voters to accept the results.

Support for the Texas challenge is hardly unanimous within the Republican ranks, and a number of GOP lawmakers have condemned the suit — and the accompanying amicus brief — for trampling on the right of individual states to conduct their own elections by their own rules.

Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoySupreme Court declines GOP challenge against House proxy voting Mask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House GOP lawmakers seek answers from FDA on prenatal testing accuracy following New York Times report MORE (R-Texas), a conservative Trump ally, hammered the suit as "a dangerous violation of federalism" — one that "sets a precedent to have one state asking federal courts to police the voting procedures of other states."

In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Authorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate MORE (R-Tenn.) agreed.

“Texas is a big state," Alexander said, "but I don't know exactly why it has a right to tell four other states how to run their elections.”