Congressman Troy Nehls Announces Electoral College Vote Position
Earlier today, Representative Troy Nehls (TX-R) announced his decision to object to electoral votes cast in states which “failed to follow their own election laws and procedures.”
Following Trump’s refusal to concede, election results have been challenged in six states where Biden won by a total margin of over 312,000 on accounts of voter fraud. Trump’s campaign and others have since lost more than 50 cases, including at the Supreme Court. Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-R) spearheaded the latest attempt.
Nehls stands with a group of at least 12 Republican senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz (TX-R), along with over 100 GOP House members who have pledged to challenge the results from several battleground states in the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. The Republicans allege the fraudulence of the 2020 elections, despite no widespread evidence.
He also cited the concerns of his constituents: “I’m giving voice to the concerns of my constituents and tens of millions of Americans who feel their vote doesn’t count by objecting to the count of electoral college votes from disputed states. We owe it to the American people to put partisan games aside and investigate. We must restore confidence in the integrity of our elections.”
The objections are expected to fail due to the Democrat-controlled House and division within the GOP. They will, however, prolong the process by which Congress affirms President-elect Joe Biden’s victory which is ordinarily considered a formality. Tomorrow’s joint session is likely to stretch through the night. Over the next couple days, Republicans will be forced to decide whether to back Trump’s attempts to reverse the outcome of the election or uphold votes cast in November.
Republicans must now contend with widespread outrage over released tapes on which the President was heard pressuring Georgia officials to “find” him more votes.
Hours ahead of the joint session, prominent GOP lawmakers have split into opposing camps. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has urged fellow Republicans to vote to certify and avoid a divisive political brawl. Other senior Republican leaders have discouraged the push to oppose ratification.