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Hawley vows to challenge Biden electors, forcing vote McConnell hoped to avoid


#Prior to #Hawley’s pronouncement, all eyes had been on #Sen.-elect #Tommy #Tuberville (R-Ala.), who had signaled his willingness to support a challenge to #Biden’s victory. #Trump had praised #Tuberville and blasted other #Republicans as “weak,” threatening to end the political career of #Sen. #John #Thune (R-S.D.), who told reporters that any challenges were doomed to defeat.

The traditional rules of the #Jan. 6 session — a joint meeting of the #House and #Senate — require a single #House member and senator to join together to lodge a challenge. #If they do, the branches are required to separate and debate the challenge before resuming the joint session.

#Dozens of #House #Republicans have already pledged to challenge the results but had yet to secure unequivocal support from a senator.

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The rules that govern those challenges are due to be adopted on #Jan. 3. #But at least some #Republicans have endorsed a legal effort to scrap the rules altogether and empower #Vice #President #Mike #Pence, who will preside over the session, to unilaterally introduce electors backing #Trump.

#House #Democrats have challenged the results of the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections, but only after the 2004 election did a senator — #California’s #Barbara #Boxer — join in the challenge. #That year, #Democrats objected to #Ohio’s electoral votes, which forced a two-hour debate and was ultimately defeated by a wide margin.



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https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/30/hawley-challenge-biden-electors-forcing-vote-452319

##Hawley #vows #challenge ##Biden #electors #forcing #vote ##McConnell #hoped #avoid

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