US election: Trump suffers major blow as judge dismisses lawsuit

US election: Trump suffers major blow as judge dismisses lawsuit

- A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump's team failed to provide actual proof of electoral fraud in the state

- Trump's team filed the petition on 9 November seeking to overturn millions of mail-in votes on the grounds of electoral fraud

- The judge's ruling gave way for the certification of Joe Biden's win in the state, which will be done on Monday, 23 November

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United States President Donald Trump has suffered a major blow in his efforts to overturn the 3 November elections that saw his main challenger and former vice president Joe Biden emerge the projected winner.

Trump, who is yet to concede defeat and has been making unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud, received a slap in the face after a Pennsylvania federal judge threw out his lawsuit challenging Biden's win.

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In a ruling that Aljazeera and other international media outlets termed as "scathing", US District Court Judge Matthew Brann said the US president's legal team had failed to provide solid evidence on their claims of voting fraud.

US election: Trump suffers major blow after judge dismisses his lawsuit in Pennsylvania
Donald Trump's efforts to overturn Biden's win in Pennsylvania hit a snag. Photo: Getty Images.
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Brann noted the court was only provided with "strained legal arguments" which could not, at the very least, "justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter" in Pennsylvania.

In the petition filed on 9 November, Trump's suit sought to overturn millions of mail-in votes cast by the people from the sixth-most-populous state in the US.

With the judge's ruling, the president-elect's win in Pennsylvania will be certified on Monday, 23 November, which will further slim Trump's chances of retaining the presidency.

Briefly.co.za reported that as of Friday, 20 November, Biden had amassed a total of 80 million votes against Trump who was six million votes behind him at 74 million.

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Out of 538 electoral votes that ultimately determine who gets to the White House, Biden is again leading with a massive 302 votes while the incumbent comes a distant second with 232 votes.

Similarly, Georgia also recently finished its statewide audit of the US presidential race and confirmed that the former vice president actually defeated Trump in the state.

The recount resulted in officials in four counties discovering a total of about 5,800 votes; Trump inched about 1,400 votes closer to Biden as a result but remained the loser.

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Source: Briefly News

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