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In a joint session on Wednesday, Congress began to count the votes of the Electoral College and confirm the victory of Democrat Joe Biden on incumbent Republican President Donald Trump.
The session comes as Trump refused to give in to Biden and dozens of Republican members of Congress have pledged to oppose electoral votes in key states, despite calls from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other Republicans to drop out. ultimate effort.
Trump demanded that his vice president, Mike Pence, refuse to accept the validity of Electoral College ballots for Biden from several battlefield states. Pence chairs the joint session, and he rejected Trump’s call to overturn Biden’s victory.
The congressional tally is generally seen as a formality occurring months after Election Day and weeks after the Electoral College has voted for the president, but the event takes on increased significance as Trump and his allies have been trying for months to overturn Biden’s victory with false allegations of widespread election fraud.
Republicans’ objections to the electoral vote count could lengthen the certification process by hours or even days, but experts say the end result will remain unchanged.
Congress meets just a day after the crucial second round of Georgia’s Senate, which will decide on control of the upper house of the new Congress. Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock is expected to overturn one Senate seat and Democrat Jon Ossoff leads the other, according to NBC News.