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GOP torn over Trump's Electoral College challenge of Biden

Mitch McConnell
Posted at 12:56 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 12:56:37-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s extraordinary election challenge over his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden is splitting the Republican Party.

Lawmakers will convene Wednesday in a joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College results.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging Republicans to avoid a confrontation.

But Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri vows to object to the state tallies, joining some House Republicans.

On the other side, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska calls such challenges a “dangerous ploy.”

Vice President Mike Pence is in the middle. Trump’s allies want Pence to change the rules when he presides over the Jan. 6 session.

Biden is set to be inaugurated Jan. 20 after winning the Electoral College vote 306-232.