The Supreme Court Just Ditched a Lawsuit That Sought to Overturn Biden’s Decisive Win in Pennsylvania

The decision is a major blow to Republicans’ attempts to alter the outcome of the election.

Oliver Contreras/CNP/Zuma

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.

In a major blow to Republicans’ efforts to sue their way to a second Trump term, the Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a GOP lawsuit that sought to overturn the presidential election in Pennsylvania.

In a lawsuit filed last month, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) and other GOP politicians argued that Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail system violates the state’s constitution and that millions of largely Democratic mail-in-ballots cast in during the election were, therefore, invalid. In a brief, lawyers for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Democratic lawmakers derided Kelly’s lawsuit, calling its claims “fundamentally frivolous.”

After Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court threw out Kelly’s lawsuit, the congressman appealed to the Supreme Court, which threw out the case.

Joe Biden won Pennsylvania—and its 20 electors—by more than 81,000 votes.

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you'll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you’ll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate