Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will object to Arizona’s Electoral College votes in Congress on Wednesday, The Washington Post reports.
Since states’ electoral results are certified alphabetically Arizona will be one to the first battleground states called so, Cruz’s objection will likely be the first.
Cruz’s challenge will be backed by several of the Republicans who agree to support the long-shot bid to overturn election results in Congress. Yet, Cruz maintains that he’s not trying to overturn the election instead, he’s bolstering his request for an electoral commission on alleged voter fraud.
“I assembled a coalition of 11 senators that we are going to vote to object to the electors — not to set aside the election, I don’t think that would actually be the right thing to do,” Cruz said on Mark Levin’s show. “But rather to press for the appointment of an electoral commission that can hear the claims of voter fraud, hear the evidence and make a determination as to what the facts are and the extent to which the law was complied with.”
Arizona will be the first of three states to have their electoral results challenged by senate Republicans.
Sen. Josh Hawley will challenge electors from Pennsylvania while Sen. Kelly Loeffler will object to electors from her home state of Georgia.
To force a debate on the issue, one member from the House and Senate will have to object. In the House, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs will join Cruz’s Arizona objection. The joint session of Congress will pause while the House and the Senate go to their separate chambers to debate for two hours.
In order for an objection to be successful, a majority in both chambers would have to support it. That means every objection made Wednesday will fail both in the Democratic-controlled House and in the GOP-controlled Senate, where several Republicans have spoken out against the effort.