Congress’s count of the 2020 electoral college vote is underway, with some Republicans challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in some states. While their objections are not expected to prevail — Democrats control the House and almost every Senate Republican would need to join the effort for their chamber to approve it — it is drawing out a process that is usually a formality and forcing Republican lawmakers to choose between honoring the choice of the voters or standing with Trump.
President Trump has refused to concede the election. His campaign and others have gone to court in six states, where Biden’s total margin is more than 312,000, to challenge certain ballots or the certification of the vote — and have lost more than 50 cases, including at the Supreme Court.
A significant share of Republicans plan to object to Electoral College vote results, slowing down the inevitable that Joe Biden will be next president.
Their objections stem from false allegations of widespread voter fraud in an election that experts say went smoothly and the results of which all 50 states and the District of Columbia have certified. President Trump has continued to push conspiracies of irregularities and called on Republicans — including his own vice president — to challenge the results.
By this week, the tally of those planning to raise objections has reached more than 100 House Republicans and more than a dozen GOP senators.
As many as 140 Republican House members are expected to object to certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory as part of President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to overturn his reelection loss.
“2 House Republicans tell me they expect as of now that at least 140 Republican Members of the House will on Jan. 6 object to and vote against the Electoral College results,” tweeted CNN host Jake Tapper on Thursday.
Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) told Forbes a “staggering number” of his Republican House colleagues will likely object, adding, “140 certainly seems possible… I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a little higher.”
At least 10 Florida Representative signaled they will challenge some states’ slates of electors today. The potential exists that a majority of Florida’s Congressional members could side with baseless and debunked claims.
Nevertheless, it appears a foregone conclusion Congress will accept and certify Electoral College results that show Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump 306-232.
A joint statement came out Wednesday morning signed by 37 GOP House members, including Florida Republicans Scott Franklin, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Greg Steube, Michael Waltz and Dan Webster.