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Worst-Case Election Scenario: A Pennsylvania Counting Meltdown

The battleground state may be in store for a messy aftermath resembling the 2000 Florida fight.

Campaign signs in Braddock, Pennsylvania. The state has the highest odds of being the tipping point in the election.

Campaign signs in Braddock, Pennsylvania. The state has the highest odds of being the tipping point in the election.

Photographer: Justin Merriman/Bloomberg

It’s the morning after the Nov. 3 election, and the world doesn’t know who won the U.S. presidency because there are hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania that won’t be counted for days as lawyers descend to battle over the votes.

That’s the worst-case election scenario emerging if the race is so close that a single state will determine whether President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden has the necessary 270 Electoral College votes to win the White House.