The state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday certified its election results, as Tom Wolfe signed the names of 20 voters in Gov. and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won in the state where he was born, one of which contested hot elections.
The move to Pennsylvania, a state Mr. Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, followed by certification of results in Michigan on Monday and Georgia on Friday. All three said President Trump won in 2016 and Mr. Biden was flipped.
With several battlegrounds, Mr. Biden now attested his results, an attempt by Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn the election and the votes of millions of Americans nearing its end.
In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign and Republican allies had tried to block the certification for weeks through a litany of litigation, yet were consistently rebelled by judges who found that there was no evidence of fraud in the effort. The campaign most recently asked the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania to block certification. But some legal experts have argued that the case would be considered moot if Pennsylvania officially certified its results before the court decided.
Governor Wolf, while declaring the certification, praised the election workers in his state who faced harsh criticism and harassment as the president continued his efforts to push the election forward.
“I want to thank the election officials who held fair and free elections during an incredibly challenging time in the history of our Commonwealth and country,” Mr. Wolf said in a statement on Twitter. “Our election workers have been under constant attack and have performed commendably and respectfully.”
Several counties across Pennsylvania validated their results on Monday amid some scattered attempts by local Republicans to stop the process.
In Allegheny County, the state’s second-largest county and home to Pittsburgh, the board voted 2–1 to certify the results, with Sam DeMarco, the lone Republican member, voting against. Mr. DeMarco said that his vote was an attempt to take action in the state capital to change the state’s voting laws, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
In Luzerne County, which was won by Mr. Trump by more than 14,000 votes, the board certified the results in 3–2 votes, again with Democratic members of the board voting to certify and two Republicans.
The state was specifically targeted by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and the president’s personal lawyer, who repeatedly made unfounded allegations of widespread fraud. Shortly after the election, Mr. Giuliani announced at a now infamous news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Northeast Philadelphia that the city’s election was marred by fraud and obstruction. Many judges would later dismiss those claims in court.
Although Mr. Wolf had substantiated the results in the state, there are some outstanding lawsuits regarding the small amount of ballots in specific counties that need to be resolved, although they will have no significant impact on the president’s margin.
In the days following the election, Pennsylvania became the center of attention, as many counties worked around the clock to process thousands of absentee ballots, providing incremental updates to the overall total vote, which saw Mr. Biden Gradually assumed Mr. Trump and eventually built. Significant leadership, nearly doubling Mr. Trump’s 2016 margin in the state.
One of the vote swingers was Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who would post video updates of his analysis of the vote.
On Tuesday, after Mr. Wolf’s certification was announced, Mr. Casey, shedding tears, took an open beer for the local brewery, running towards the camera, and took a sip.