Even after a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and entered the Capitol on Wednesday, a handful of Republican senators and more than 100 Republican officials upheld their decision to vote against certification of presidential election results.
Congress certified the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. early Thursday, ending attempts to overturn the results in two states. Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas and John Kennedy of Louisiana voted to quash the results in Arizona, while that 93 senators voted against. Mr. Hawley, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Tuberville, Ms. Hyde-Smith, Mr. Marshall and Senators Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Rick Scott of Florida voted to quash the results in Pennsylvania, while 92 voted voted against.
The House rejected Arizona’s challenge by 303 votes to 121 and rejected Pennsylvania’s challenge by 282 votes to 138.
At least four Republican senators who had pledged to back the effort to reject the election results turned the tide after Wednesday’s siege on Capitol Hill, saying lawlessness and chaos caused them to change their minds .
Those included Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who, after losing a special election on Tuesday, announced his overthrow in the Senate on Wednesday night. “The events that happened today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now in good conscience oppose myself,” she said.
Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford changed his stance Wednesday night, issuing a joint statement with Senator Steve Daines of Montana calling on “the whole of Congress to come together and vote to certify election results.” .
Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers also condemned the actions of the crowd of Trump loyalists and said she would no longer vote against the voting certifications.
“Thugs assaulted Capitol Hill police officers, raped and degraded our Capitol building, put people’s lives in danger and ignored the values we hold dear as Americans,” Ms. McMorris said. Rodgers in a statement, which she released a day after saying she would oppose the vote count. “To everyone involved, shame on you.”
Members of Congress, including Rep. Lance Gooden, Republican of Texas, said the violence had not changed his mind.
“Although I am disgusted with what I saw today, mob riots do not suddenly guarantee these elections. YES, of course, I always object, ”he said in a tweet.
Ms Hyde-Smith of Mississippi said she voted against certification of the election because the people she represents do not believe the presidential election was constitutional. “I cannot in good conscience support certification,” she said in a statement Wednesday.