Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short released a statement saying, “Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election, according to the Daily Caller.
“The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmertfiled a lawsuit against Pence that asked him to throw out the election results in key battleground states. That lawsuit was quickly dismissed by a judge only hours after it was filed.
140 Republican House members intend to object to certification on Jan 6.
11 Republicans have joined Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley in stating their intention to oppose certification.
The group of republicans includes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, and for Republican senators-elect: Alabama’s Tommy Tuberville, Wyoming’s Cynthia Lummis, Kansas’s Roger Marshall, and Tennessee’s Bill Hagerty.
The vice president has called for all “legal votes” to be counted, however, he has not echoed Trump’s claims that the election was “rigged.”
From The Daily Caller:
The Hill called Pence’s statement “the most extensive remark” the vice president’s office has made regarding the proceedings, over which Pence plays a mainly ceremonial role.
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Efforts to overturn the election results are highly unlikely to succeed, but these objections do mean they will need to be debated in both chambers and be defeated by a majority of legislators in each. Biden currently leads in the Electoral College 306-232.