Pennsylvania certifies Biden win over Trump in state – CNBC

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.

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Pennsylvania’s secretary of state certified the results of its presidential election, confirming that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday.

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 with 232 electoral votes for Trump.

Bob Bauer, the Biden campaign’s 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 sworn in as President on January 20, 2021.”

Biden, who is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, won the state with 50% of the vote, compared with 48.8% for Trump.

According to the tally released by Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s office on Tuesday, Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, received 3,458,229 votes, while Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received 3,377,674 votes.

Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, and her running mate, Jeremy Spike Cohen, received 79,380 votes, about 1,200 fewer votes than the margin between the Biden and Trump tickets.

“Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States,” Wolf wrote in his tweet.

“As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

“Again, I want to thank the election officials who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and country’s history,” Wolf added in another tweet.

“Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably.”

Boockvar said in a statement, “We are tremendously grateful to all 67 counties who have been working extremely long hours to ensure that every qualified voter’s vote is counted safely and securely.”

“The county election officials and the poll workers are the true heroes of our democracy, enabling us to vote in record numbers, amid challenging circumstances, so that every eligible voter’s voice could be heard,” Boockvar said.

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