HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) – Democrat Joe Biden was confirmed the winner of the Pennsylvania presidential election on Tuesday, culminating in a three-week vote count and President Donald Trump’s failed legal challenges.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf first announced in a tweet that the State Department had verified the number of votes for the president and vice president.
Wolf sent a “certificate of establishment” to Washington’s national archivist with a board of voters supporting President-elect Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Pennsylvania’s 20 voters, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch Biden supporters, will meet on Dec. 14 at the state Capitol.
One of them, State Democratic Party chairman Nancy Patton Mills, said she would also chair an election college meeting in Harrisburg next month.
Patton Mills says he is pleased that Pennsylvania is “the state that made it possible” to win Biden.
Biden’s victory in the state, with 20 voter votes, exceeded the required 270, and he led the Associated Press to elect him president four days after election day. Biden garnered 306 election votes for Trump’s 232 votes.
According to the Pennsylvania results, Biden and Harris have 3.46 million votes, Trump and Mike Pence, vice presidents, have 3.38 million, and libertarian Jo Jorgensen has 79,000 votes.
Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar called the state’s election officials and pollsters “real heroes of our democracy” in a press release.
“We are extremely grateful to all 67 counties who have worked extremely long hours to count the votes of all qualified voters safely and reliably,” Boockvar said.
Trump has made Pennsylvania a central element of his failed legal attempts to invalidate election results, launching legal attacks against vote-counting rules and county election procedures.
A federal judge on Saturday dealt a severe blow to the Trump campaign’s legal efforts by dismissing a lawsuit that he said was without evidence and “provided tense legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations”.
Federal government recognizes Biden as “apparent winner” on Monday national presidential competition.