Trump suffers another defeat to overturn Biden’s election victory
U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign has suffered a series of legal setbacks in a long-shot effort to overturn the election victory of President-Elect Joe Biden.
On Saturday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a lawsuit by Trump's campaign that sought to reverse Trump’s defeat in the November 3 presidential election.
.The Trump campaign had filed the lawsuit on November 9 to prevent Biden, a Democrat, from being certified by election officials as the winner in Pennsylvania.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described the lawsuit as "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations."
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a statement he was disappointed with the ruling and will appeal.
The lawsuit had alleged inconsistent treatment by Pennsylvania election officials of mail-in ballots.
For Trump to have any hope of overturning the election, he needs to reverse the outcome in Pennsylvania, which is scheduled to be certified by state officials on Monday.
Several Trump campaign lawsuits have been dismissed, and legal experts said the remaining cases do not give Trump, a Republican, a viable path to overturning the election results.
Attempts to thwart the certification of the election have failed in courts in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.
A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election, and Biden leads in the electoral vote count by 306-232.
Electoral votes are allocated among the 50 states and the District of Columbia based roughly on population.