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GOP lawmakers object to Arizona Electoral College vote tally

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarArizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Cruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots 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 BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE won by 10,457 votes.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceA Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Inauguration Sanders takes over internet Harris move into vice president's residence delayed 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.

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Gosar said it was and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Poll: Majority of voters support bipartisan commission to probe potential irregularities in the 2020 election 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.

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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.

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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 McCarthyMcCarthy supports Cheney remaining in leadership amid calls for her to step down The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden hits the ground running on COVID Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration House GOP lawmaker: Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' MORE (R-La.) have both indicated that they support the Electoral College challenges, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief 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 GrangerHere are the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Overnight Health Care: US sets record for daily COVID-19 deaths with over 3,800 | Hospitals say vaccinations should be moving faster | Brazilian health officials say Chinese COVID vaccine 78 percent effective MORE and Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyK Street navigates virtual inauguration week Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Overnight Health Care: US sets record for daily COVID-19 deaths with over 3,800 | Hospitals say vaccinations should be moving faster | Brazilian health officials say Chinese COVID vaccine 78 percent effective MORE, have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE has egged the GOP challengers on and spoke before a rally of supporters outside the White House earlier Wednesday.