Biden certified as winner of Pennsylvania presidential vote

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HARRISBURG, PA. –Democrat Joe Biden was certified the winner of the U.S. presidential election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a spate of unsuccessful court challenges by U.S. President Donald Trump. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first revealed in a tweet that the State Department had certified the vote count for the president and vice president.

Wolf sent a “certificate of verification” to the National Archivist Washington with the list of voters who support President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Pennsylvania’s 20 voters, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch Biden supporters, will meet in the state capital on December 14.

One of them, state Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills, said she would also lead the constituency meeting in Harrisburg next month.

Patton Mills said she was happy Pennsylvania was “the state that allowed” Biden to win.

Biden’s victory in the state, giving him 20 electoral votes, allowed him to exceed the required 270 votes and led the Associated Press to declare him president-elect four days after election day. Biden garnered a total of 306 electoral votes against 232 for Trump.

Pennsylvania’s results show Biden and Harris with 3.46 million votes, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with 3.38 million, and libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 79,000.

Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, in a press release, called state election officials and poll officials “true heroes of our democracy.”

“We are extremely grateful to the 67 counties who worked extremely long hours to ensure that the vote of every qualified voter is safely counted,” Boockvar said.

Trump has made Pennsylvania a centerpiece in his failed legal attempts to overturn election results, launching legal attacks on counting rules and county election procedures.

A federal judge dealt a blow to the legal efforts of the Trump campaign on Saturday by dismissing a lawsuit he said lacked evidence and offered “unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations.”

The federal government on Monday recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the national presidential contest.

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