The Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a devastating blow to President Donald Trump and his GOP allies the Trump campaign by rejecting a motion by Pennsylvania Republicans to nullify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Keystone State.
The decision, which was unsigned and included no noted dissents, deals another blow to the long-shot legal effort by President Trump and his allies to overturn the election in the courts.
The ruling came ahead of the midnight “safe harbor” deadline, which provides states a kind of immunity from congressional oversight into election results that are certified in time.
The justices’ move leaves intact Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) late November certification of Biden’s victory in a state he won by more than 81,000 votes.
It also represents the latest in a lengthy string of defeats for Trump and his allies amid their increasingly implausible legal campaign, which is largely premised on unsupported claims that the election results are invalid due to widespread fraud.
Earlier Tuesday the state of Texas filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against four battleground states in an effort to overturn Biden’s win of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The Supreme Court is not obligated to hear the case.