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Toomey, Murkowski Oppose Push Against Electoral College Vote

Toomey, Murkowski Oppose Push Against Electoral College Vote
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP)

By    |   Saturday, 02 January 2021 08:26 PM

Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski said Saturday they'll oppose the push from their party colleagues challenging President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win next week. 

"A fundamental, defining feature of a democratic republic is the right of the people to elect their own leaders," Toomey, of Pennsylvania, said in a statement, reports The Hill. "The effort by Senators (Josh) Hawley, (Ted) Cruz, and others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states like Pennsylvania directly undermines this right."

Both Toomey and Murkowski, of Alaska, also pointed out that courts nationwide have not ruled in favor of the campaign's claims of voter fraud. 

"The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results," Murkowski said in her statement. "I urge my colleagues from both parties to recognize this and to join me in maintaining confidence in the Electoral College and our elections."

Toomey also said the "evidence is overwhelming" that Biden won. 

"The senators justify their intent by observing that there have been many allegations of fraud," said Toomey. "But allegations of fraud by a losing campaign cannot justify overturning an election. They fail to acknowledge that these allegations have been adjudicated in courtrooms across America and were found to be unsupported by evidence."

Saturday, 11 Republicans, led by Cruz, of Texas, said they plan to support challenges to the Electoral College results unless a 10-day audit is held. 

Hawley, of Missouri, said earlier this week he was planning to object to the results. 

Toomey added that during the proceedings on Jan. 6, he'll "vigorously defend our form of government by opposing this effort to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others." 

The objections are expected to fail, but Wednesday is only the third time since 1887 Congress has debated and will vote on a contested result. 

There are still several other Republicans who are saying they will not go along with the objection, including Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nev., who accused the lawmakers in a letter of pointing a "loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government."

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said the objections "spread the false rumor that somehow the election was stolen, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, questioned Hawley's motives, considering the court rulings on the election. 

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Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski said Saturday they'll oppose the push from their party colleagues challenging President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win next week.
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