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Cruz and Other GOP Senators Seek to Challenge Electoral College Count


What Happened:

  • On Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz (R) and several other GOP Senators announced that they will object to the certification of the electoral college count on Jan. 6 unless there is an emergency audit of the results.

  • The senators are asking Congress to appoint a commission and conduct an emergency audit of the election results in certain states in which they claim the results are disputed.

  • Cruz and the other senators say there were "unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct" in the November 3rd election.

  • In a statement, the lawmakers said " the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes."

  • The Trump campaign has challenged the results of the election in dozens of lawsuits but has seen little success in court, most of the cases have been dismissed by judges (both Republican and Democratic appointees) due to a lack of evidence.

  • Here are the senators joining Ted Cruz in the objection: Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; John Kennedy, R-La.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Braun, R-Ind.; as well as Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.; Roger Marshall, R-Kansas; Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

  • Interestingly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) opposes the effort and has asked that other Senate Republicans not join in.

  • The objection echoes a similar effort put forth by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo) in which he claims some states failed to follow their own election laws and thereby influenced the election results.

  • In both cases, the Republicans claim that their efforts are not an attempt to overturn the election results or challenge Biden's win, but that they are aimed at protecting "election integrity."


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