Kelly Loeffler Will Object to Election Results

Senator has been hedging for a while on what she'll do come election certification day
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2021 2:40 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2021 6:52 AM CST
Kelly Loeffler: Yes, I'll Join the Challenge
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

On the eve of her own re-election battle, Sen. Kelly Loeffler is confirming she will join the lawmakers challenging the electoral results when Congress meets to certify the presidential election Wednesday. The Georgia senator, one of two Republicans attempting to fend off Democratic challengers in Tuesday's runoff election, announced Monday night that she would vote to give "the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection of the Electoral Certification process," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Shortly after her statement, President Trump held a rally in Georgia in an effort to drive up support for Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue, at least one of whom needs to hold on to their seat in order to maintain GOP control of the Senate.

But he spent much of his time at the rally talking about the presidential election, per the AP. He declared, to a cheering crowd, he would "fight like hell" to hold on to the presidency, saying the electoral voters won by Joe Biden are "not gonna take this White House!" Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over Wednesday's joint session in a ceremonial role, was himself campaigning in Georgia Tuesday ahead of the runoff. "I promise you this: On Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress," he said. For Trump's part, he said of Pence, "I hope that our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much." (Meanwhile, the National Guard is being mobilized ahead of planned protests by Trump supporters in DC, and the leader of the Proud Boys was arrested in advance of those rallies.)

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