Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as the winner of the Pennsylvania presidential election, culminating in a three-week count and a series of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first revealed in a tweet that the State Department had certified the count of votes for president and vice president.
Wolf sent a “certificate of discovery” to the National Archives in Washington with the voter supporting President-elect Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Today, @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for the President and Vice President of the United States.
As required by federal law, I have signed the Certificate of Assurance for the voters of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
– Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 24, 2020
Pennsylvania’s 20 voters, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other strong Biden supporters, will meet in the state capital on December 14.
One of them, Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills, said she will also chair the election conference in Harrisburg next month.
Patton Mills said she was pleased that Pennsylvania was “the state that made it possible” for Biden to win.
Biden’s victory in the state, which gave him 20 votes, put him above the 270 needed and led the Associated Press to declare him president-elect four days after election day. Biden has collected 306 overall voting rights for Trump’s 232.
The Pennsylvania 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.
” True Heroes ”
In a press release, the Democratic Foreign Minister Kathy Boockvar called the state election officials and voting workers “the true heroes of our democracy.”
“We are extremely grateful to all 67 counties that have worked extremely long hours to ensure that every qualified vote counts safely and securely,” Boockvar said.
Trump made Pennsylvania a focal point in his failed legal attempt to invalidate the election results, launching legal attacks on voting rules and county election procedures.
A federal judge on Saturday struck a serious blow to the Trump campaign’s legal efforts by dismissing a trial that he said lacked evidence and offered “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”
On Monday, the federal government recognized Biden as the “obvious winner” of the national presidential contest.