Arizona’s 11 Electoral Votes Challenged by GOP Senator, Reps During Joint Session

Arizona’s 11 Electoral Votes Challenged by GOP Senator, Reps During Joint Session. By Jack Phillips at the Epoch Times.

More than 60 Republican House representatives led by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and one senator objected to Arizona’s 11 electoral votes during the Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday.

Their objection “complies with the law,” said Vice President Mike Pence, the president of the Senate during the Joint Session of Congress. …

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stood on the floor as the GOP senator who objected to Arizona’s votes. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) said he would join in Arizona’s electoral objection. Marshall also said he’ll object to the electoral votes in Georgia and Pennsylvania, according to CNN. “That’s absolutely correct,” he told the network about objecting to those three states.

Gosar and Cruz were met with a standing ovation from what appeared to be GOP House members.

Pence then ordered the two chambers of Congress to carry out a debate on the votes in Arizona. A several-hour debate is scheduled on the state’s electoral votes before a simple majority vote is to be held. …

The move is not supported by all Republican lawmakers. The Senate’s No. 2 Republican, Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), told reporters in December that their effort would most likely fail, while Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said over the past weekend the objection is an “egregious ploy.”