Updated: March 4, 2021
A new coalition of Republican senators and senators-elect will object to the certification of the presidential election results when a joint session of Congress meets on January 6, 2021, they said in a statement on Saturday.
But their effort will be fruitless as it will not change the presidential election results, or that Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.
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If anything, it will only delay the certification of the election results for a few hours as both chambers of Congress would have to vote to dismiss it with the Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, and likely to win the two Senate runoffs in Georgia going by early voting there, thereby securing also control of the Senate.
The new symbolic effort, led by Senator Ted Cruz, which is separate from the one announced last week by senator Josh Hawley, will not also change that Biden defeated President Donald J. Trump in the November presidential election.
In their statement, Senator Ted Cruz, along with senators Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; James Lankford, R-Okla; John Kennedy, R-La.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Mike Braun, R-Ind.; as well as senators-elect Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.; Roger Marshall, R-Kansas;Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; and Tommy Tuberville, said they will object to the election unless there is a 10-day audit of the results by an electoral commission, a request likely not to be accepted by the Democrats.
According to them, the election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct.”
Senator Hawley was the first GOP senator to announce last week that he would object to Biden’s win, because of the failure of some states, mostly Pennsylvania to follow their election laws.
Most of the reasons and allegations raised by Cruz and his colleagues have been dismissed by all the judges for lack of evidence.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes,” the lawmakers claimed.
Fox News quoted a source familiar with the effort as saying that “it was Cruz who orchestrated the effort, working with other senators to organize the push against the certification and and call for the electoral commission with just days to go before the joint session of Congress.”
The lawmakers claimed there is a precedent of Democrats objecting to election results in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2019.
“And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged,” they wrote.