Dozens of Republican lawmakers intend to challenge results in several states
Members of the Senate and House of Representatives are in joint session Wednesday to count and approve the votes of the Electoral College, which voted for Joe Biden on Dec. 14.
Normally the process is more of a ceremonial one, but this time it turned into a test of Republican lawmakers’ loyalty to President Donald Trump.
More than a hundred House Republicans and about a dozen senators have said they plan to challenge the electoral votes of some or all of the six swing states where Biden won (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). They will also demand a commission to verify the election results.
Their objections are not expected to change the outcome of the election because Democrats control the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the Republicans have a small advantage, but even there the objections are unlikely to receive majority support since several Republican senators have already spoken out against canceling the election results in any of the states.
In the Electoral College vote, Biden received 306 votes, while Trump received 232. Biden’s inauguration ceremony is scheduled for January 20.