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Rick Scott will 'likely' join challenge to election results

Rick Scott will 'likely' join challenge to election results
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said he will “likely” join a Republican challenge of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s victory in Pennsylvania on Wednesday when Congress votes to certify the results of the Electoral College.

Scott, in a statement Wednesday, vowed to hear any objections to the electors in the joint session of Congress that will certify Biden’s win.

“The situation in Pennsylvania is of particular concern to me, and I will likely vote to sustain the objection to their slate of electors,” Scott wrote. “The actions of the Governor’s Administration and the courts in Pennsylvania pose a serious threat to the integrity of future elections.

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"The Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania, along with state courts, made a decision to allow votes to be counted that came in after election day, even if they did not have a postmark, in defiance of state law," he added. "This is absurd, and cannot be tolerated.”

Biden would carry Pennsylvania even if the votes described by Scott were thrown out.

“It also appears that Pennsylvania enacted policies in direct conflict with its own state constitution, which is also unacceptable,” Scott wrote. “We simply cannot tolerate partisan political attempts to change the rules and tip the scales in our elections.”

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At least 13 other senators, including likely 2024 presidential candidates Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTo 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial Beto O'Rourke: Ted Cruz 'guilty of sedition' in Capitol insurrection MORE (R-Mo.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick To 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas), have announced they will object to the results Wednesday, triggering hours of debate and a formal vote.

The objections will not prevent Biden from taking office Jan. 20, and several Republican senators have said they will not join the effort, including Sens. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Manchin vows that he won't vote to kill filibuster 'under any condition' Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGOP senator: Impeachment a 'moot point' after Trump's exit Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (R-Ark.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump, allies raise pressure on Senate GOP ahead of impeachment Portman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat MORE (R-Ohio).

Scott's fellow Florida GOP senator, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSchumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Rubio reintroduces amendment to block court packing MORE, has not yet publicly said whether he will join the challenge.