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GOP senator vows to challenge Electoral College results

GOP senator vows to challenge Electoral College results
Hawley, a key ally to President Trump, cited the outgoing commander-in-chief’s false and repeatedly debunked claim that Biden’s win was facilitated by mass voter fraud in announcing that he’ll challenge the results during the Jan. 6 session.

Josh Hawley vowed Wednesday to challenge the results of the 2020 election when lawmakers convene for a joint session to count the Electoral College votes next week, becoming the first Republican senator to join an ultimately futile last effort to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.“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.The challenges are ultimately bound to fail, as they cannot succeed without at least some Democratic support, meaning Biden’s 306-to-232 vote victory in the Electoral College will stand at the end of the day.6 count of the Electoral College votes is the final bureaucratic hurdle before Biden’s Jan.

However, Hawley’s announcement is significant because it ensures that both the House and Senate will have to debate and vote on at least one challenge.Because of Hawley’s announcement, moderate congressional Republicans will be in an uncomfortable position where they either have to vote to throw out election results even though there’s no evidence of widespread fraud or risk landing on Trump’s enemies list.

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