GOP lawmakers object to Arizona Electoral College vote tally

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program 136 Republicans get Fs in accountability rankings from anti-Trump GOP group House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters MORE (R-Ariz.) objected to recording his home state's Electoral College tally at a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, triggering a historic debate and votes in the House and Senate.

After there were no objections to the tallies in Alabama and Alaska, both won by Trump, Gosar rose to object to the Electoral College vote in Arizona, where President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE won by 10,457 votes.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE, who is presiding over the joint session, asked Gosar if his objection was in writing and joined by a senator, a requirement to trigger the debate and vote.


Gosar said it was and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Texas) chimed in with his objection.

Republicans supportive of the move then stood to applaud Gosar.

One lawmaker from each chamber must agree to object to a given state in order to trigger up to two hours of debate and a vote.



The GOP is also expected to object to other state tallies as Congress records electoral votes, including Pennsylvania and Georgia. House Republicans are also pushing to object to the results from Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin, but it's not clear yet if a senator will back a challenge to those swing states.

The effort will not change Biden's victory, but will turn what has historically been a largely ceremonial session into a reflection of the nation's current deep political divide.

Given Democrats' majority in the House and that most Senate Republicans have said they won't back the effort to challenge Biden's victory, it's expected that both chambers will vote to reject the objections.


At least 13 GOP senators are backing the challenge in the upper chamber, while more than 100 House Republicans are supporting Trump's certain-to-fail effort.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories National Review editors defend Cheney from party attacks MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseCheney GOP conference deputy has complained about 'coronation' of Stefanik: report Loyalty trumps policy in Stefanik's rise, Cheney's fall Likely Cheney successor appears on Bannon show to tout GOP unity MORE (R-La.) have both indicated that they support the Electoral College challenges, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (R-Ky.) is opposed.

House leaders have tried to implement social distancing in the chamber to uphold pandemic safety measures, but lawmakers were already struggling to adhere to those rules as the joint session began. Gosar was not wearing a mask while speaking, nor was Pence, in violation of a requirement that members and staff on the floor wear a mask at all times.

At least two lawmakers, GOP Texas Reps. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerRepublican, Democratic lawmakers urge fully funding US assistance to Israel The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax Biden to hold second meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE and Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyBad jobs report amplifies GOP cries to end 0 benefits boost Battle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers House panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill MORE, have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE has egged the GOP challengers on and spoke before a rally of supporters outside the White House earlier Wednesday.