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Virginia Democrats and Republicans prepare for electoral college confrontation

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 8:48 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDBJ) - US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) says we could see “a couple of very rocky days” in Washington, as supporters of President Trump gather and Congress meets to certify the results of the Presidential election.

Members of the House and Senate will meet Wednesday to count electoral votes, and a number of Republicans in the Senate and House are expected to object to the results.

“I’m going to be there as long as it takes to do my duty, to uphold the Constitution,” Warner said during a teleconference with reporters Tuesday morning.

Warner said it could take 24 hours to debate and complete the voting, if Republican members object to the electoral college results in several states, as expected.

He said it won’t affect the outcome, because he predicts a majority of Republicans will join Democrats in voting for certification.

“The hypocrisy of this effort is stunning,” Warner said. “In many cases, members in certain states are contesting the results in those very same states, which would throw their own elections into doubt.”

Tuesday afternoon, both 5th District Congressman Bob Good and 6th District Congressman Ben Cline said they will object to the certification of electors in some states.

In a social media post and written statement, Good said, “this is about ensuring the will of the American people is accurately, justly and constitutionally followed.”

“Because I continue to have serious concerns regarding the constitutionality of these electors,” Cline said in a statement late Tuesday afternoon, “I will vote to uphold objections to their certification on January 6.”

A representative of 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith said the congressman will make a decision based on the objections that are raised on the House floor.

And the spokesperson said Griffith couldn’t comment before he knows which objections will be aired, and which states’ results will be contested.

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