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Claims that “potentially thousands” of Arizona voters were disenfranchised dissolved during a six-hour court hearing on Thursday, as a lawyer representing the president’s reelection team dialed back allegations of “systematic, improper” vote overrides. 

Donald Trump’s campaign, along with the Republican National Committee and the Arizona Republican Party, had filed a lawsuit on Saturday alleging Maricopa County poll workers routinely disregarded procedures designed to give voters a chance to correct ballot mistakes on Election Day.

But within minutes of the start of proceedings on Thursday morning, attorney Kory Langhofer insisted the plaintiffs were “not alleging fraud” or “that anyone is stealing the election” — simply raising concerns about a “limited number of cases” involving “good faith errors.”

That was perhaps a prescient shift, given that testimony from several witnesses failed to bear out anything more. And before Langhofer even made his opening