Trump’s campaign also said it would file a lawsuit to stop counting votes by mail, claiming election officials would not allow party observers to closely monitor the process, especially in Philadelphia. And the campaign moves to intervene in a lawsuit before the US Supreme Court, in the hopes of preventing postmarked ballots on Election Day, but received up to three days later, does not count.
Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has condemned the legitimate actions.
“Our election officials at the state and local levels should be free to do their jobs without being intimidated or attacked,”; Wolf said in a statement. “These efforts to overthrow this democratic process are disgraceful.”
If the race comes to an end, the fate of thousands of provisional ballots counted for next week may also be dealt with. Bethany Hallam, Electoral Board member of Allegheny County. At least one Republican lawsuit has been filed to remove some of the provisional ballots and Ms. Hallam hopes to see more.
Mr. Trump “sent his entire legal team to Pennsylvania to try to invalidate legal votes in any way possible,” said Ms. Hallam.
Regardless of who ultimately wins the battle for Pennsylvania, the geographic location and proximity of the race reveal a state increasingly further apart along regional and partisan boundaries. Suburbs outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that once leaned toward Republicans became betrayed to the party under Trump, while the old districts, where Democrats once won elections after the election, have turned to populist faction.
Mr. Biden, a Scranton native who has always persuaded Democrats that he can attract white working-class voters, did not achieve that goal. Despite narrowing margins in rural counties a little bit compared to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Mr Trump, who has surpassed the state’s most conservative regions, offers even more base.
In Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania, an area that benefits from natural gas extraction, Mr. Biden won a slightly larger vote than Clinton, 38% vs. 35%. But with a significant increase in the total number of voters, Mr. Trump has won 9,300 more votes this year than in 2016, while Mr. Biden has only 7,650. This pattern appears to have been repeated throughout central Pennsylvania.