Biden election certification: Live updates, online coverage, results & reaction
President Donald Trump applied new pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to interfere with the Congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Wednesday — despite Pence’s inability to alter the election’s outcome and the overall futility of the effort by some Republican lawmakers.
“States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!”
In a subsequent, all-caps message, the president appeared to reference the two Georgia Senate runoff elections that took place on Tuesday — one of which resulted in Democrat Raphael Warnock defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, nearly flipping the balance of power in a chamber Republicans have controlled since 2014.
Democrat Jon Ossoff led Republican David Perdue in the state’s other Senate race by more than 16,000 ballots as of Wednesday morning, with about 98 percent of the expected vote already tallied. Ossoff claimed victory in a video message on Wednesday morning, and if he also prevails, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to cast tie-breaking votes in the Democrats’ favor.