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STORY BY KYLE CHENEY, MERIDITH MCGRAW AND HOLLY OTTERBEIN

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Published on November 20, 2020 9:09 PM

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President Donald Trump's effort to overturn the election results is about to smash into reality: a gauntlet of battleground state deadlines that are poised to extinguish his increasingly desperate attempts to hold onto the presidency.

Michigan is due to certify its state results Monday. Arizona and Pennsylvania counties must also finalize their results the same day. On the heels of Georgia's certification of Joe Biden's victory on Friday, the series of administrative deadlines stands to all but formalize Biden's win by officially affirming the results in enough contested states to put him over the 270-electoral-vote threshold.

As late as Friday, the president summoned Michigan lawmakers to the White House as part of his last-ditch lobbying effort to convince them to intervene to stop the state's certification of the election results.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed the afternoon meeting was not "an advocacy meeting."

"There will be no one from the campaign there," McEnany said during a press briefing Friday. "He routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country."

Campaign aides who were expected to be in attendance decided to skip the meeting after ...