The call to challenge the Electoral College count has split Senate Republicans

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The call to challenge the Electoral College count has split Senate Republicans

Sarah ElbeshbishiUSA TODAY0:000:52https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.432.0_en.html#goog_165158814

The divide within the Republican Party over the results of the 2020 presidential election deepened last week as a dozen GOP Senators declared they will join their House colleagues in objecting to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win when Congress meets in a joint session on Wednesday. 

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah – the party’s presidential nominee just eight years ago – sharply denounced the growing movement to challenge the election outcome on Saturday as an “egregious ploy” after a group led by Sen. Ted Cruz issued a joint statement saying they would not vote to certify the election until President Donald Trump discredited claims of widespread voter fraud are investigated further.  

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the first senator to announce plans to object to the electoral vote count. He received swift criticism from senior Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., about his decision to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. McConnell had warned Senate Republicans not to join the call to vote against certifying the Electoral College result, reportedly telling his colleagues it “isn’t in the best interest of everybody.”https://7eaf34f1299fdfa96f24ba306cb95b1d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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