Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D) said that the “overwhelming majority” of remaining ballots will be counted today, meaning the winner in the state could be known as soon as Thursday night.
“Yeah they’re coming in. You know, we’re getting 10,000 here, 20,000 there, counties are furiously at work and it looks like we’re ahead of schedule,” Boockvar told CNN’s Jake Tapper. As a result, the state’s victor could be announced by the day’s end:
— The Recount (@therecount) November 5, 2020
Alright, PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says it's likely we could know by TODAY the winner in the state of PA. The outstanding 550K +/- votes are being counted today.
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) November 5, 2020
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) November 5, 2020
As if all eyes weren't already on Pennsylvania, Dept. of State Sec. Kathy Boockvar just appeared on CNN and said, she expects the remaining mail-in ballots could all be counted by tonight. @FOX43
— Chelsea Koerbler (@ChelseaKoerbler) November 5, 2020
Boockvar is one of three deeply partisan officials — in addition to Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Secretary of State Josh Shapiro (D) — attempting to quell questions and criticisms over the integrity of the election in the battleground state. Boockvar publicized her opposition to the president on social media in 2017.
“Using the title ‘President’ before the word ‘Trump’ really demeans the office of the presidency…” she wrote at the time:
Using the title 'President' before the word 'Trump' really demeans the office of the presidency…
— Kathy Boockvar (@KathyBoockvar) March 7, 2017
The Trump campaign maintained on Thursday that they will emerge victorious in Pennsylvania and ensured that “legal ballots are counted, and illegal ballots are not counted” in Pennsylvania.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win the election! If you count the illegal and late votes, they can steal the election from us!” Trump said in a statement Thursday.