Democrat Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the U.S. presidential election in Pennsylvania, which resulted in three weeks of vote counting and a series of failed legal challenges from President Donald Trump, state officials said Tuesday.
The Democratic governor Tom Wolf announced in a tweet for the first time that the State Department had confirmed the number of votes for the president and vice president.
Wolf sent the National Archivist in Washington a “certificate of discovery” listing the voters who support President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.
Pennsylvania’s 20 voters, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch supporters of Biden, will meet in the state capital on December 14th.
One of them, state Democratic Party leader Nancy Patton Mills, said she would also chair the electoral college meeting in Harrisburg next month.
Patton Mills said it was gratifying that Pennsylvania was “the state that enabled Biden to win”.
Biden’s victory in the state earned him 20 votes and brought him over 270 votes, prompting The Associated Press to proclaim him president-elect four days after election day on November 3rd. Biden has collected a total of 306 votes on Trump’s 232.
The Pennsylvania results show Biden and Harris with 3.46 million votes, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with 3.38 million, and the libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 79,000.
Foreign Secretary Kathy Boockvar called the state’s election officials and election workers “the real heroes of our democracy” in a press release.
“We are extremely grateful to all 67 counties who have worked extremely long to ensure that the votes of all qualified voters are safely counted,” said Boockvar.
Trump has made Pennsylvania a centerpiece of his unsuccessful legal attempts to invalidate election results.
A federal judge dealt a severe blow to the Trump campaign’s legal efforts on Saturday by dismissing a lawsuit he believes contained no evidence and making “strained legal arguments of no merit or speculative allegations.”
On Monday, the US federal agency, which must sign the change of president, informed Biden that he could officially begin the transition process.