A federal judge on Saturday dismissed the lawsuit more important than the campaign of the outgoing president, Donald Trump, had presented in Pennsylvania, and left him virtually no options to reverse the result of the elections in that state on which the keys to the White House depend.
Judge Matthew Brann’s decision implies that Pennsylvania counties have Free way to certify the result of the November 3 elections, for which this Monday the deadline is met, and thus confirming the president-elect, Joe Biden, as the winner of the territory.
The lawsuit b sought to invalidate millions of votes cast by mail, arguing that the ability for voters to correct errors on their ballots in certain counties was damaging to Trump’s Republican party.
The magistrate ruled that the Trump campaign had resorted to “flawed and meritless legal arguments, and speculative allegations” in its attempt to discard millions of votes.
“In the United States of America this cannot justify the suppression of the right to vote for a single voter, much less all voters in its sixth most populous state,” Brann wrote.
The decision marks a profound setback for the legal strategy of the Trump campaign, which has already lost other cases in Pennsylvania as well as in Michigan, Georgia, Nevada y Arizona in his complaint without evidence that electoral fraud has been perpetrated.
This lawsuit was the last major lawsuit active in Pennsylvania, and the outgoing president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, personally defended it during a hearing on Tuesday.
Without Pennsylvania, it is virtually impossible for Trump to turn around the election result, since the advantage of Biden in the Electoral College is such (of 306 votes against 232), that the current president would have to demonstrate a major fraud in several states to prevail.
Trump has already received two other setbacks this Friday: the first in Georgia, which certified Biden’s victory; and the second in Michigan, where two state legislators whom he invited to the White House affirmed, after the meeting, that they had no information that could change the outcome of the elections in their state.
Without flipping the result in multiple states, something extremely unlikely, Trump will not be able to prevent Biden from assuming the presidency on January 20, and the ways to achieve it are closed with each passing day.
Trump’s team only has until December 8 to develop its legal strategy, because on that day all states should have resolved any disputes and the governor of each territory must send the certified results to Congress.
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