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The president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani (center) has led legal efforts to cast doubt on election results, but few have succeeded. Photo: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty

Philadelphia did not violate the law by restricting poll observers' proximity to ballots, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a blow to the Trump campaign Tuesday.

Why it matters: This development comes after President Trump's defeat in a string of court battles, which his campaign wielded in several states in attempts to discredit President-elect Biden's election victory.

Driving the news: In one of Trump's last standing legal challenges to election results, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found nothing wrong in Philadelphia's adherence to caution in the middle of a pandemic.

  • The city's protocols were constructed in "careful consideration of how it could best protect the security and privacy of voters' ballots, as well as safeguard its employees and others who would be present during a pandemic for the pre-canvassing and canvassing process," the Supreme Court wrote in its decision.
  • The court also noted that observers are only directed to observe — and not audit — ballots, throwing out the Trump campaign's arguments that there was no "meaningful observation" of ballot counts.
  • A lower court previously ruled against Trump, and the Supreme Court reinstated this decision.

The bottom line: Though Trump still has not publicly conceded the election, his path to overturning election results is looking more and more narrow.

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Last stand in Georgia

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer, Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.

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Barbarians at the Oval

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President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

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Descent into madness

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President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."

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