PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. defeated President Trump in Pennsylvania, winning its 20 electoral votes and presidency.Mr. Biden had steadily erased Mr. Trump’s early lead in the state — at one point, the president led by half a million votes — as ballots, mostly absentee and mail-in votes, were counted over the past few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Separately, the Supreme Court did grant the Trump camp a minor victory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening, when Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. ordered election officials there to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from other ballots, and not to include them, for now, in announced vote totals. But the victory was essentially in name only: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already given that instruction.- Advertisement – The Biden campaign hoped further counting could push its lead above 0.5 percent, obviating the need for a recount there and setting the stage for victory. [After this post was published, Mr. Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania reached above 0.5 percent and news outlets declared him president-elect.]The biggest fight in the state has been over ballots that were postmarked by Election Day but arrive later. Nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Mr. Trump and his allies are working their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, trying — so far unsuccessfully — to stop ballot counting and invalidate enough votes to erase Mr. Biden’s leads there. In September, the state Supreme Court ruled, over Republican objections, that election officials could accept ballots arriving up to three days later. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intercede, but left open the possibility that it could revisit the question. Responding to baseless allegations by the Trump campaign of vote-counting secrecy, he said that observers and journalists had access to the vote-counting site and that there were as many surveillance cameras there as in a casino. In Allegheny County, a predominantly Democratic area that includes Pittsburgh, election workers were going through roughly 20,000 mail-in ballots and additional provisional ballots on Saturday, Rich Fitzgerald, the county executive, said in a televised interview.The county’s mail-in ballots have so far been won overwhelmingly by Mr. Biden, as have the provisional ballots. Mr. Fitzgerald cautioned that the last ballots to count would be the trickiest, requiring additional checks to ensure they were not duplicates, which could slow the process.- Advertisement –
Yet that has not stopped some fans from making the trip to the banks of the River Tagus to take in the atmosphere.”This is the most important match of our season,” Andrea, a 27-year-old Atalanta fan from Bergamo who has come for his team’s quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, tells AFP.He is in Lisbon with two friends. With spectators barred, they plan to watch the match in a bar near the stadium. “The atmosphere is bizarre. The city seems empty and the bars close early,” he said. ‘No exception’ to restrictionsDaniel Sa of IPAM told AFP that more than 5,000 people could gather in the city for the final, which is scheduled for August 23 at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz, where the players’ voices will echo around the empty 65,000-capacity venue.However, Sa described that as a “conservative” estimate and believes the final figure will be higher thanks to the “improvement of the health situation in Lisbon in recent weeks or the increase in the number of flights to Lisbon”.On the basis of regular briefings with police in the clubs’ home countries, Portuguese authorities are not expecting any organized trips by groups of supporters.Yet Lisbon police still plan to deploy as many officers on game days as they would if supporters were attending.Portugal, with its population of just over 10 million, successfully hosted the 2004 European Championship.The Estadio da Luz was the venue for the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid while large numbers of foreign fans attended the UEFA Nations League finals in Porto and Guimaraes in the north of the country last year.However, restrictions are currently in place around the country as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.Those restrictions are especially strict in and around Lisbon, where cases of COVID-19 have been most prevalent since Portugal came out of lockdown in May.That includes a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, compared to 20 people in the rest of the country.Alcohol consumption in public is banned, while shops and cafes must close at 8:00 pm, the time Champions League ‘Final Eight’ matches will kick off.”The sporting context will not allow for an exception to the rules in place,” warned Pereira, of the Lisbon police force, on Tuesday. Topics : Meanwhile, 16-year-old Paris Saint-Germain supporter Mathieu finds himself in Lisbon “by chance”, on holiday with his parents.”I don’t see any Champions League atmosphere,” he says, wearing a PSG replica shirt, “but people have chanted ‘Come on Paris’ at me in the street. I think there are supporters here.”Portuguese police have not given an estimation of the number of foreign fans who could come to the capital but officers will make themselves “highly visible” on the streets, according to the Lisbon region police chief, Paulo Pereira.A study conducted by the Portuguese Institute of Marketing Administration has estimated that a total of 16,000 fans could come to the city even though none are allowed into games.That is despite British tourists being advised not to travel to Portugal this holiday season. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the one English representative involved in the ‘Final Eight’. Football supporters would usually flock in huge numbers to the city hosting the finale of the Champions League, but this time it is set to be a different experience for fans who have decided to come to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ despite the coronavirus pandemic.For the first time, as an exceptional measure because of the health crisis, all matches from the quarter-finals onwards of the world’s richest and most glamorous club competition are being played as one-off ties in the same city.They are all taking place behind closed doors and with strict health guidelines in place as Europe faces a steady rise in cases of COVID-19.
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