Pennsylvania certifies Biden win over Trump in state
- Pennsylvania’s secretary of state on Tuesday certified the results of its presidential election, confirming that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a tweet.
- Michigan certified its own vote tally showing a win for Biden a day earlier.
- Trump campaign lawyers are waging a long-shot legal fight to reverse Biden’s win in Pennsylvania and elsewhere as the Republican president has refused to concede.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020.Tom Brenner | Reuters
The Keystone State’s official confirmation of Biden’s victory by margin of more than 80,000 votes came a day after Michigan certified that he had won the election in that state.
It also came a day after the Trump administration authorized the release of federal funds to the former Democratic vice president to begin his transition into the White House.
Despite that authorization Trump refuses to concede he lost.
And the Trump campaign is still waging a long-shot legal effort in a federal appeals court to reverse Biden’s win in Pennsylvania, which has 20 Electoral College votes, as part of a broader bid to undo his projected national win in the Electoral College.
But Tuesday’s certification of the popular votes in the state might have made that court battle even more difficult for the Republican president.
Nationally, Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes — 36 more than he needs to clinch the presidency — compared to 232 electoral votes for Trump.
Bob Bauer, the Biden’s campaign senior legal advisor, in a statement said, “It’s readily apparent to everyone besides Donald Trump, [Trump campaign lawyers] Rudy Giuliani, and Jenna Ellis that this election is over and that Joe Biden won resoundingly.”
“Trump did everything he could to disenfranchise voters and stop the results from being certified in Pennsylvania, including filing over 15 unsuccessful lawsuits — most recently producing one of the more embarrassing courtroom performances of all time, with the judge in the case ruling that their arguments were ‘without merit’ and ’unsupported by evidence,” Bauer said.
“Trump did not succeed in Pennsylvania and he will not succeed anywhere else. Trump’s lawsuits will continue to fail, as they have in over 30 cases since election day, states will continue to certify their results, and Joe Biden will be swo