The Trump campaign also said it would file a lawsuit to stop counting ballots by mail, claiming that election officials do not allow party observers to closely monitor the process, particularly in Philadelphia. And the campaign has moved on intervention In a case before the US Supreme Court, hoping to stop mailed ballot papers by Election Day, they were received three days after they were counted.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, condemned the legal maneuvers.
“Our election officials at the state and local levels should be free to do their jobs without intimidation or assault,” Mr. Wolf said in a statement. “These attempts to sabotage the democratic process are shameful.”
If the race comes back, the fate of thousands of temporary ballots due to be counted next week could be in progress. Bethany Hallam, a member of the Allegheny County Election Board, said. At least one Republican lawsuit has been filed to cancel some temporary ballots, and Ms. Hallam expects more to come.
Ms. Hallam said Mr. Trump “has sent his entire legal team to Pennsylvania to try to nullify the legal votes in any way possible.”
Regardless of who ends up winning the Battle of Pennsylvania, the geography and proximity of the race revealed a country further disintegrating along regional and party lines. Suburbs outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which were once Republican-leaning, became party betrayals under Mr. Trump, while blue-collar counties, where Democrats used to win elections after the election, have moved to the populist right.
Mr. Biden, a Scranton resident who has always been a Democrat advocate that he can attract white working-class voters, did not achieve this goal. Although he narrowed the margins slightly in rural counties compared to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Mr. Trump, who has toured the more conservative areas of the state, has brought out more of his base.
In Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania, a region that has benefited economically from natural gas fracking, Mr. Biden won a slightly larger share of the vote compared to Mrs. Clinton, 38% to 35%. But with the overall vote turnout skyrocketing, Mr. Trump won 9,300 more raw votes this year than he did in 2016, while Mr. Biden added only 7,650 additional votes. The pattern appears to have been repeated across central Pennsylvania.