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Trump's top lawyer challenging election results in Pa. is a local

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
From left: GOP delegates Matt Jansen, of North Codorus Township, Joe Sacco, of Shrewsbury, and Marc Scaringi, of Cumberland County, shared a novelty photo taken at the 2016 Republican Convention.

The attorney now spearheading the Trump campaign's challenge to the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania may be a familiar face to residents in the south-central region of the state.

Marc Scaringi, who runs a law firm in Harrisburg, is a Cumberland County native. He also was a former U.S. Senate candidate and a Republican delegate in the 2016 election for the former 4th Congressional District, which included York County prior to redistricting.

The Camp Hill native stepped in to serve as the attorney for President Donald Trump's campaign Monday evening after other attorneys involved in the case withdrew. 

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Scaringi is now tasked with challenging election results in the state in which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has already been declared victorious. As of Wednesday, Biden was leading by more than 81,000 votes.

Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as the winner of the 2020 election, alleging a wave of fraudulent votes favored Biden — a claim with no evidence to support it.

Scaringi did not respond to inquiries for comment, but comments he has made in the past are already making headlines nationally.

That's because he himself said, on his radio show earlier this month, that the Trump campaign's litigation won't work.

“At the end of the day, in my view, the litigation will not work,” he said on iHeartRadio on Nov. 7. “It will not reverse this election.”

Still, Scaringi is leading the Trump campaign's lawsuit that seeks to halt the counting of mail-in and absentee ballots in seven "Democratic heavy counties" that it argues were not cured properly. The Trump campaign has especially targeted ballots in Philadelphia. 

Specifically, the campaign alleges that the counties notified voters about issues with the ballots, such as a lack of secrecy envelopes, while Republican counties "followed the law and did not provide a notice and cure process, disenfranchising many."

A hearing on the issue was held Tuesday in front of U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann.

The lawsuit had previously also sought to throw out nearly 700,000 ballots because they allegedly were processed without representatives watching, but the campaign withdrew that request over the weekend.

The outgoing president has already experienced the difficulties of proving those claims through multiple lawsuits in other states that have not ended in his favor.

In states including Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona, cases have either been dropped or quickly tossed by judges.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.