It appears the final race of 2020 in Pennsylvania has come to a close.
On Tuesday morning, United State District Judge Nicholas Ranjan ruled against Repubilcan Nicole Ziccarelli’s challenge of a batch of mail-in ballots, which ultimately cements state Sen. Jim Brewster’s (D-Allegheny) 69 vote victory.
Ranjan, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, wrote that Ziccarelli’s challenge failed on “the merits.”
BREAKING: Federal judge UPHOLDS the counting of the few hundred challenged ballots in Pa’s 45th senatorial district race, validating Democrat Jim Brewster’s victory and handing the GOP another loss in the courts.
— Julian Routh (@julianrouth) January 12, 2021
One week ago, chaos ensued at the state capitol when Senate Republicans refused to swear-in Brewster, citing the ongoing legal battle. The Department of State certified Brewster’s victory in mid-December.
On Friday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre) wrote in a tweet that if the federal court rules that the ballots should count, the Senate would seat Brewster “immediately.”
If the federal court rules, as we believe, that the ballots should not count then we will seat Mrs. Ziccarelli immediately and if they rule ballots should count we will seat Senator Brewster immediately.
— Senator Jake Corman (@JakeCorman) January 9, 2021