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Joint session in Congress to take place, some Republicans to object electoral votes for Biden

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 21:50:05-05

A joint session in Congress is set to take place this week to certify president-elect Joe Biden's win. But some Republican senators are calling for electoral votes to be reviewed again.

On Wednesday, Congress will meet and count electoral votes and ultimately confirm the presidential election. But several Republican senators released a statement saying they'll object to some of those electoral votes. A local political analyst says that plan doesn’t have much hope because, in order to stop Congress' conformation of the presidential election, you have to get a majority vote in the house, which he says is not going to happen.

"On January 6, you have a joint meeting of Congress. Where the house of representatives and the senate meet together and typically this is an absolutely insignificant meeting. It's typically a formality," said Jeremy Adams, 23ABC political contributor.

January 6 is a day many are looking forward to as Congress will hold a joint session, to officially name the new president of the United States. This meaning President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college win is set to become official. But this year 11 Republican senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin among others, released a statement saying they'll object to some of those electoral votes, alleging election irregularities and claims of widespread fraud without evidence. The Republican senators also demanding an emergency 10-day audit.

Jeremy Adams, a political science professor, and analyst says objection attempts have happened in previous years but this year is different.

"You have 140 members of the Republican conference who are objecting and very famously in the senate now you have 11 senators lead by Ted Cruz who are also objecting," added Adams.

Adams adds that the only way the election would not be certified is by getting a majority vote in the Democrat-controlled house.

"Again only 11 Republicans are going to participate in this and some of them in fact find this to be absolutely reprehensible. People like Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah, we all know even the senate majority leader Mitch McConnell begged some of them, begged Senator Hawley not to do this because they knew it had absolutely no chance of survives of getting a majority vote in either chamber."

Adams says the objections likely won't succeed and there may be another reason some republican senators are objecting.

"Everybody knows that at this point it is really probably just for those senators who are thinking about running for president in 2024 to make sure that those 70 something million voters who voted for trump maybe take a closer look at them when they run in four years."

So, what outcome can voters expect on January 6, Adams says don’t expect any big changes

"It's fairly certain that this will go absolutely nowhere. Remember majority wins in the house and the senate and we already know where almost everybody stands in those bodies. All 535 people are pretty much on record so the outcome is pretty much guaranteed."

23ABC did reach out to Congressman David Valadao and Congressman McCarthy for comment on the upcoming joint session. Valadao's team said they have no comment at this time and McCarthy did not yet repsond.

23ABC also reached out to other local political officials such as Assemblymember Rudy Salas who said in part, “I am confident that Congress will perform their constitutional duty to certify the will of the American voters."

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