Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on Wednesday signaled that she was open to objecting to the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
If Loeffler were to object, she would join Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and others in the House who intend to challenge the official count, forcing a vote on whether or not to accept the election’s results.
“Everything’s on the table right now,” Loeffler said, asked about challenging the electoral college count. The New York Times’ Astead Herndon reported her remarks.
“That vote is Jan. 6, and I’m going to continue to fight for this President because he fought for us,” the senator added. “He put America first. But I need to win on Jan. 5 in order to be there on Jan. 6.”
Loeffler and fellow Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue (R) have eagerly courted Trump’s support for their runoff election on Jan. 5 against Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the results of which will determine the partisan balance in the Senate.
The congressional certification is the last official step in the presidential electoral process before Joe Biden’s inauguration as President.
Given that there are Republicans in both chambers of Congress who intend to object to the electoral college votes in at least one state, members will be forced to vote on their objections. Still, there’s no indication that any of the objections members intend to raise have the support necessary to change the outcome of the election in any state.