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Read the opinion: Federal judge throws out Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania

A poll watcher monitored the counting of ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse on November 6, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A poll watcher monitored the counting of ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse on November 6, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Jeff Swensen/Photographer: Jeff Swensen/Getty

US District Court Judge Matthew Brann dismissed the Trump campaign’s futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania on Saturday, issuing a scathing order that shot down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots.

The case was always a long shot to stop President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, but it was President Trump’s best hope to affect the election results through the courts, mostly because of the number of electoral votes, 20, at stake in Pennsylvania. His personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, stepped into a courtroom for the first time in decades to argue the case this past week.

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Brann wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters. Read his full opinion below.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.