A pair of massive court victories in Pennsylvania Thursday could potentially change the fate of the election in 2020.
The first ruling came when a judge morning that GOP observers must be allowed to watch ballot counting across the state.
“BREAKING: Appellate court in PA this morning ruling guarantees GOP observers can watch the ballot counts. They had been pushed away 16 sometimes 100 feet away,” Just The News reporter Carrie Sheffield tweeted.
She added that Trump deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said the ruling was a win for the Trump campaign. “I can’t stress enough how big a victory this is,” Clark said.
Trump later celebrated the court ruling, tweeting that it is a “Big legal win in Pennsylvania!”
The court order allows GOP observers to stand within six feet of the counting when previously such observers had been pushed back much further.
The second major court victory in Pennsylvania came later on Thursday when a judge ruled that some ballots lacking identifying voter information should be set aside and not yet counted.
The decision from Mary Hannah Leavitt, the president judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, came through on Thursday afternoon. She ordered that all ballots received between Nov. 9-12 that lack voter information on them should be separated out and not counted pending further instruction of the court.
“The county boards of elections shall segregate ballots for which identification is received and verified on November 10, 11, and 12, 2020, from ballots for which identification is received and verified on or before November 9, 2020,” the court order says. “The segregation for which identification is received and verified on November 10, 11, and 12, 2020, shall not be counted until further order of this court.”
Pennsylvania remains a key battleground state and a pivotal piece of the puzzle to Trump’s reelection – but the Democrats in charge of the state have already admitted that they plan to use fradulent mail-in ballots to make sure it’s impossible for Trump to win the state.
Still, the Trump campaign claimed victory in Pennsylvania on Wednesday while making it clear they were ready to put up a strong legal fight to ensure a fair election.
“We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters during a press call on Wednesday afternoon.
President Trump also claimed victories in Georgia and North Carolina – although as of Friday morning it appears that Democrats in Georgia have manufactured enough votes to steal the state from Trump, giving Biden a narrow lead with 99% reported.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that, for “Electoral Vote purposes,” he was declaring victory in Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, citing the voting lead he currently holds in those states. He also said he would declare victory in Michigan if ballots were “secretly” dumped there.
“We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact, there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!” Trump tweeted.
Despite obvious shady tactics by the Democrats, Trump also continues to gain ground in Arizona – a state which if he manages to flip back into his column, could open up a much more viable path to reelection for him.