Supreme Court Deals Blow to Pennsylvania and Trump

In a surprise ruling on Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court unanimously decided not to hear Pennsylvania’s case to reverse the certification of their election results. The Court’s response was only one sentence, and there were no dissenting opinions. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) certified the election results on November 24th, confirming that former Vice-President Joe Biden had won the state. Electors will meet on December 14th to cast their 20 Electoral College votes from the Keystone State. The suit was filed by Pennsylvania GOP Representative Mark Kelly and two GOP candidates from the state. The suit alleges that the Pennsylvania state legislature acted in violation of the state constitution when they enacted no-excuse absentee voting.

President Trump’s legal team, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada, although all of those states have already certified their election results. Trump has pinned his hopes of retaining office on these lawsuits and has threatened to skip the inauguration on January 20th. Although he has steadfastly refused to concede defeat, there has already been talk of a presidential run in 2024.

If the results of the election stand, Biden will have won with 306 Electoral College votes, the same number that President Trump won in 2016 to beat former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Biden won the popular vote by more than 7 million votes, although both candidates vote totals were the highest ever recorded for a presidential election.