US President-Elect Joe Biden talks to reporters after an online meeting with members of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) on November 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware, US.
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The Pennsylvania Secretary of State on Tuesday certified the results of his presidential election, confirming that President-Elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a tweet.
Keystone State’s official confirmation came a day after Biden’s victory was certified by Michigan that he had won his election.
It also came a day after the Trump administration authorized the former Democratic vice president to release federal funds to begin his transition to the White House.
Despite that authority, Trump refused to give up.
And the Trump campaign is still making a long-standing legal effort in Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania in a federal appeals court with 20 electoral college votes, a sweeping bid to undo his projected national victory at Electoral College Is as part of.
But the certification of popular votes in the state on Tuesday has made that fight even more difficult for the Republican president.
Nationally, Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes – compared to 232 electoral votes for Trump to require him more than 36 to win the presidency.
Biden, who is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, won the state with 50% of the vote, compared to 48.8% for Trump.
Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris received 3,458,229 votes, while Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received 3,378,674 votes, according to an issued tally of Secretary of State Kathy Bokovar on Tuesday.
Joe Georgensen, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, and his running mate Jeremy Spike Cohen received 79380 votes, nearly 1,200 fewer votes than the difference between Biden and the Trump ticket.
“today @PAStateDept Certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for America’s president and vice president, “Wolf wrote in his tweet.”
As required by federal law, I have signed a certificate for the slate of voters for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. “
Wolf said in another tweet, “Again, I want to thank the election officials who held fair and free elections during an incredibly challenging time in our Commonwealth and the history of the country.”
“Our election workers have been under constant attack and have performed commendably and respectfully.”
“We are extremely grateful to all 67 counties who have been working extremely long to ensure that every eligible voter’s vote is counted safely and securely,” Bockwar said in a statement.
“County election officers and poll workers are true heroes of our democracy, who have enabled us to vote in record numbers in the midst of challenging circumstances, so that the voice of every qualified voter can be heard,” Bokover said.