Led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a coalition of 11 GOP senators are demanding an emergency 10-day audit of the 2020 presidential election. Failing that, they have vowed to object to the electoral votes certification scheduled January 6th in a joint session of Congress.
Joining Cruz are Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN). Newly-elected Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville(R-Ala.) will also join in the effort.
The GOP senators issued a statement on Saturday, just one day before the 117th Congress is seated, citing election fraud as the reason for their actions.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”
Last week, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the first to announce that he would join House Republicans in objecting to the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Pressure has been mounting for the Senate GOP to stand up against election fraud in the 2020 election. Now, just days before the critical Georgia Senate runoff election, 12 Republican Senators have stepped forward to demand election integrity.
The Georgia runoff will decide the balance of power in the Senate. Republicans only need to win one of the races to maintain their majority. If they win neither, the Senate will be split 50-50, and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote. In that case, Democrats would control the White House, the House, and the Senate.
Finally, Republicans are coalescing around the effort to oppose election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. More conservatives in Georgia may be willing to vote for Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on January 5th now that, at least some members of the Senate are joining the effort.