Whether President Donald Trump remains in office may be determined by the state of Pennsylvania — and he isn’t going down without a fight.
As the president ramps up calls to “stop the fraud,” his campaign is heading to court in the critical Keystone State to ensure that the presidential election is fair and transparent, Fox News reports.
President Trump has been left looking to Pennsylvania and Arizona to deliver him the 270 electoral votes needed to win after his comfortable Election Night margins narrowed — or disappeared completely in some states — as ballot-counting continues past Nov. 3.
With the rules currently in place, ballots in Pennsylvania can be counted until Nov. 6, even if they don’t have a clear postmark. Republicans in Pennsylvania challenged these changes before the election, saying they would make fraud likely.
According to reports from ABC News and elsewhere, the Trump campaign said Wednesday that they would go to court to stop ballot-counting in Pennsylvania until there is “meaningful transparency,” that Republican poll watchers have been prevented from doing their jobs, and that they would also join the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s Supreme Court case over the “unlawful” decision by Pennsylvania’s top court to extend the mail-in ballot deadline.
According to Fox, the Trump campaign characterized the legal actions as a challenge to the unilateral decisions of Pennsylvania’s “partisan” top court and its “radical” Democratic secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar.
“Pennsylvania’s unhinged, radical left Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar has tried her hardest to bake in a backdoor to victory for Joe Biden with late, illegal ballots in collusion with the partisan state Supreme Court,” Trump campaign manager Justin Clark said in a statement, as Fox reported.
“We will win”
The Trump campaign is also challenging an “eleventh-hour” decision by Boockvar to give first-time voters more time to provide missing voter ID information.
“Without our action, Pennsylvanians, and possibly all Americans, may be forced to wait yet another several days for the outcome of the election — all because of the Secretary’s ridiculous eleventh-hour guidance that directly violates the Election Code,” Clark said in his statement, according to Fox.
The Trump campaign is also mounting challenges in Michigan, which news outlets called for Biden, and Georgia, where Trump is leading as the count continues, according to Fox. Trump and his allies have said the president will prevail if all lawful ballots are counted.
All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Plenty of proof – just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020