November 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit

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The Gist

The Trump camp's lawsuit sought to invalidate millions of mail-in votes in the battleground state due to alleged irregularities. 

The List

  • According to Judge Matthew Brann, the suit was "without merit" and it was "not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution,". 
  • The dismissal of the Trump camp's lawsuit is the latest courtroom defeat in the president's effort to cling to office despite losing the election. 
  • Following the decision by Matthew Brann, the Republican senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey called on the president to concede.
  • “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” said Toomey.
  • The move by M. Brann paves the way for Pennsylvania to certify Joe Biden's win - he leads by more than 80,000 votes in the state. 
  •  Joe Biden is projected to defeat Trump 306 to 232 in the US electoral system, in order to win the presidency a candidate needs 270 votes. 

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