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GOP senator to object to Electoral College results, forcing Congress to vote on overturning Biden’s win


#Sen. #Josh #Hawley, R-Mo., announced #Wednesday that he would object to the certification of some states’ #Electoral #College results on #Jan. 6, a move that will force his fellow #Republicans to vote to choose between rejecting #President #Donald #Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in this year’s election or disenfranchising millions of voters.

#While numerous #Republican #House members are expected to object to the #Electoral #College results from several swing states during #Congress’ certification of the votes next week, #Hawley is the first senator to commit to doing so. The announcement is significant because under congressional rules, a written objection that is endorsed by both a #House member and a senator is needed to force #Congress to consider an objection.

The objections are highly unlikely to succeed. #For one to be sustained and a state’s presidential vote thrown out, a majority in each chamber has to vote to agree to the objection. The #Democrats hold a majority in the #House, and while #Republicans have a slim majority in the #Senate, a number of moderate #Republicans have already said they would not vote to toss out a state’s votes.

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#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell, R-Ky., had privately urged #Republican senators not to challenge the vote because it could put some vulnerable #Republicans at odds with fervent #Trump supporters.

#House #Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi, D-Calif., shrugged off #Hawley’s announcement, telling reporters she has “no doubt that on next #Wednesday, a week from today, that #Joe #Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the #Electoral #College as the 46th president of the #United #States.”

#Biden’s incoming #White #House press secretary #Jen #Psaki, also showed no concern during a virtual briefing with reporters.

“Congress will certify the results of this election as they do every four years,” #Psaki said, adding, “This is merely a formality. #It certainly should be treated as such.”

#Despite the long-shot nature of the challenge, #Hawley’s objection could lead to a long day; #Congress could debate for up to two hours on objections to each states’ results before members vote.

#Hawley, who is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2024, did not say how many states’ votes he would object to, but he suggested that #Pennsylvania would be one of them.

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“I cannot vote to certify the #Electoral #College results on #January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly #Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” #Hawley said in a statement, echoing a claim made repeatedly by the president and rejected repeatedly by state and federal courts.

#Pennsylvania #Attorney #General #Josh #Shapiro blasted #Hawley’s announcement as “another baseless attempt by #Trump’s enablers to undermine the will of the people.”

“#Pennsylvania’s election was secure, legal & fair. #Our electoral votes have been cast for #Joe #Biden & #Kamala #Harris,” he wrote in a pair of tweets, adding that “people should know that any senator making declarations about challenging #Pennsylvania’s election result is performing political theater for #Donald #Trump, not following any facts or laws.”

#In his statement, #Hawley tried to portray the extraordinary move as business as usual, saying, “I will follow the same practice #Democrat members of #Congress have in years past,” pointing to the 2004 and 2016 elections.

#During the certification of the 2016 election results, several #House #Democrats attempted to object to the vote in a number of states, but they were ruled out of order by then-Vice #President #Biden, who noted that no senators had joined in their objections.

#After the 2004 election, then-Sen. #Barbara #Boxer, D- #Calif. and #Rep. #Stephanie #Tubbs #Jones, D-Ohio, objected to #Ohio’s votes, charging there had been voter suppression because of long lines and missing voting machines in minority areas in the state.

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Then-Rep. #Candice #Miller, R-Mich., said those complaints were “outrage based on fantasy conspiracies” while #Bush #White #House press secretary, #Scott #McClellan, said, “It is time to move forward and not engage in conspiracy theories or partisan politics of this nature.”

The measure failed in the #Senate by a vote of 74-1 and in the #House by a vote of 267-31.

#Last week, #Sen. #John #Thune of #South #Dakota, the #No. 2 #Republican in the #Senate, cautioned his fellow #Republicans against making an objection on #Jan. 6.

“I think the thing they got to remember is, it’s just not going anywhere. I mean in the #Senate, it would go down like a shot dog,” #Thune told reporters. “I just don’t think that it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be,” he added.

#Trump responded to him a short time later on #Twitter, mocking #Thune as a “RINO” — an acronym for #Republican in name only — and suggesting he “should just let it play out. #South #Dakota doesn’t like weakness. #He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!”

#Kasie #Hunt and #Kyle #Stewart contributed.





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