A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday threw out Donald Trump’ s claims of widespread electoral fraud there , dealing a new blow to the Republican ’s bid to overturn his loss in the US presidential election .
The decision announced in a scathing judgment which excoriated the Trump team ’s legal strategy paves the way for Pennsylvania to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory there , which is scheduled to take place Monday .
With the clock ticking down to Biden’ s January 20 inauguration , Trump’ s team has focused on trying to stop battleground states from certifying election results , in addition to his numerous legal challenges that have so far failed .
Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his ruling that Trump ’s team had presented “ strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations ” in their complaints about mail – in ballots in Pennsylvania .
“ In the United States of America , this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter , let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state , ” Brann wrote .
“ Our people , laws , and institutions demand more . ”
Biden won the state – by- state Electoral College votes that ultimately decide who takes the White House by 306 to 232 .
The Electoral College is due to formally vote on December 14 , with certifications to take place beforehand .
States’ certification of results of their popular votes is usually routine following a US presidential election