“On January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process,” Loeffler stated in an announcement on her official Twitter account.
Loeffler will launch an effort separate from a dozen of her fellow Republican senators who’ve already stated they may problem Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the course of the certification vote. At least 140 House Republicans may even object to the certification.
Just minutes earlier than Loeffler’s tweet, her fellow Georgia Republican, Sen. David Perdue, tweeted a clip of his interview on Fox News on Sunday during which he stated he’s urging his colleagues to object.
“I’m encouraging my colleagues to object. This is something that the American people demand right now,” he stated. “There are huge irregularities in Georgia. They need to be investigated, and they need to be corrected, in my opinion.”
Both Loeffler and Perdue are within the midst of tight election runoff races in Georgia, the place they may face off towards their respective Democratic opponents, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, on Tuesday — a day earlier than the certification vote.
Perdue’s first time period ended Sunday. The results of the runoff will not be licensed in time for the vote on Wednesday, due to this fact Perdue will not have a vote. However, Loeffler, as a result of she is filling a seat vacated by the retirement of Sen. Jonny Isakson, will stay in workplace till the outcomes of the runoff are licensed by the Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger.
Raffensperger, a Republican, has overseen three totally different recounts of the November vote within the state and carried out a number of different evaluations of the method. He lately tasked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with conducting an audit of the signature match system in Cobb County, which decided the system was 99.9% correct and revealed no proof of fraud.
Perdue not solely stated he would encourage his colleagues to object to Trump’s loss but additionally claimed that he himself ought to have received in November, regardless of not reaching the 50% threshold required to keep away from a runoff.
Until now, Loeffler and Perdue had evaded the query of whether or not they would settle for the presidential election outcomes. Both are staunch supporters of Trump and neither has acknowledged Biden because the President-elect.
Before popping out along with her assertion, Loeffler had left open the likelihood that she may object to the Electoral College outcomes. On December 20, CNN requested Loeffler what her plans have been for this week’s vote and she or he stated, “Everything’s on the table right now. This President has fought for us, we’re fighting for him. We need to have free and fair elections. But we also need to make sure Georgians get out and vote on January 5.”