Pennsylvania Attorney General Declares Biden Victory Before a Single Vote Is Counted

Pennsylvania Attorney General Declares Biden Victory Before a Single Vote Is Counted

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is employing a bold new strategy in the 2020 presidential election – declaring his state’s winner before a single vote has been counted.

Over the weekend he tweeted out “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process,” though the tweet wasn’t noticed by most until today, for the most part.

As the Washington Examiner’s Tyler Van Dyke explains:

Last week, the Supreme Court denied an attempt by Pennsylvania Republicans to roll back the state’s deadline for accepting ballots. As it stands, ballots in the Keystone State will be counted as long as they arrive up to three days after Election Day and are postmarked by Nov. 3.

President Trump derided the decision after arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday for a campaign rally, and added that he was preparing for a legal battle if a victor is not declared on election night.

Staffing concerns in seven Pennsylvania counties, all of which voted Republican in the last three elections, have also forced election officials to hold off on counting mail-in ballots until Wednesday. Given that the number of Democrats in Pennsylvania have voted early or by mail is nearly triple that of Republicans, according to TargetSmart, holding off on counting those ballots in reliably red counties could give the misrepresentation of a larger margin in favor of Trump on election night.

In AG Shapiro’s mind, trying to make sure all ballots are sent in and counted in a timely manner (i.e. before election day) are an attempt to “subtract votes” (as if anything is preventing people from mailing in their ballots).

Shapiro’s tweet naturally turned a few heads, and produced a fierce backlash.

While key to a Trump victory, we likely won’t know Pennsylvania’s full results until at least a few days after election day. Philadelphia’s Democrat Mayor Jim Kenny said that counting his city’s ballots will “easily take several days.”

And if that’s the case, how in the world does AG Shapiro think he knows how the vote is going to tilt?

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