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    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's supporters have descended on the nation's capital to cheer his baseless claims of election fraud ahead of a congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden's election victory.The president is expected to personally address his supporters during a Wednesday morning rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.Just blocks from the White House, protesters - many without masks - gathered in Freedom Plaza on Tuesday to decry the vote in the Electoral College. As temperatures dropped to the low 40s and a steady rain swept onto the streets, hundreds remained in the plaza into nightfall.SEE ALSO: What happens when Congress meets Jan. 6? How Electoral College votes are counted on Capitol Hill EMBED More News Videos Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie discuss Joe Biden's electoral win and the Georgia runoff race on "Good Morning America." "I'm just here...
    A DOZEN Republicans "rebels" are to launch a final challenge to Joe Biden's election win TODAY. The expected objection to certifying Biden as the winner comes as Donald Trump urges Vice President Mike Pence to show "extreme courage". 10Members of Congress on Wednesday will meet to certify the results of the 2020 US Presidential ElectionCredit: AFP or licensors 10Credit: AFP or licensors 10Missouri Sen Josh Hawley is among those expected to object to certifying the electionCredit: Splash News 10Texas Sen Ted Cruz is joined by 10 other Senators who announced they will ask for an investigation into the election resultsCredit: Alamy Live News President Trump continued to make baseless claims of election fraud as members of Congress on Wednesday will vote to certify the results. "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...
    VIDEO2:0802:08Raphael Warnock defeats Kelly Loeffler for Georgia Senate seat, NBC News projectsSquawk Box GOP pollster and strategist Frank Luntz told CNBC on Wednesday that the Democratic Party's strong showing in the Georgia Senate runoffs deliver a clear warning to Republicans. "Georgia has not had two Democratic senators in decades, but they look like they've chosen it because of their frustration with what's going on in Washington. This is a lesson for the Republican Party of what's likely to come if they continue to behave this way," Luntz said on "Squawk Box." Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Tuesday's runoff election, according to NBC News projections. The other race is too close to call, according to NBC News, as Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly leads David Perdue with 98% of the vote in. Perdue's Senate term expired Sunday. If both Democrats win, the party would control the U.S. Senate with a 50-50...
    Zach Braff is lobbying to play Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff on "Saturday Night Live."  Like the rest of the country, the 45-year-old actor spent Tuesday closely watching the U.S. Senate runoff race in Georgia between Raphael Warnock and Kelly Loeffler as well as David Perdue and Ossoff.   The races -- which will determine which way the Senate tips in the new Congress -- have proven to be extremely tight and have teetered back and forth as votes have rolled in. While Fox News projects that Democrat Warnock will defeat Loeffler, Ossoff and Perdue’s race is still too close to call.  CELEBRITIES URGES FANS TO VOTE BLUE IN GEORGIA RUNOFF ELECTIONS: 'WIN THIS THING IS NOW' Braff, however, has his sights set on later in the week when the political landscape is doubtlessly parodied on "Saturday Night Live." The actor took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to request that series...
    With Democrats projected to win at least one of the two Georgia Senate runoff races, they are inching closer to keeping Republicans from holding on to control of the upper body of Congress. Democrat Raphael Warnock is projected to defeat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., according to Fox News' Decision Desk early Wednesday. WARNOCK PROJECTED TO DEFEAT LOEFFLER IN GEORGIA RUNOFF The focus now shifts to the second race between Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, who are locked in a tight race. Here are some key takeaways after Tuesday's election: 1. Senate control for Democrats is within reach With Warnock's projected victory, Democrats are one win away from control of the Senate, making it more likely that President-elect Joe Biden would be able to pass his agenda through both the House and Senate. If Perdue prevails over Ossoff, Republicans would be able to foil many of the White House's plans. According to Fox News Voter Analysis, voters clearly saw...
    Reuters January 6, 2021 0 Comments Democrats won one U.S. Senate race in Georgia and surged ahead in another on Wednesday, moving closer to a stunning sweep that would give them control of the chamber and the power to advance President-elect Joe Biden’s policy goals. Raphael Warnock, a Baptist preacher from the historic church of Martin Luther King Jr., beat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler to become the first Black senator in the history of the deep South state. Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker who at 33 would become the Senate’s youngest member, held a narrow lead over incumbent David Perdue in the other race, with a final outcome not expected until later on Wednesday at the earliest. The results were a repudiation of outgoing President Donald Trump in a state his Republicans have controlled for decades. Trump campaigned for both Republicans in Georgia on Monday. But his support was...
    ATLANTA, Georgia -- Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach.A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue.The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The candidates were locked in a tight race and it was too early to call a winner. Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.If Ossoff wins,...
    President Trump says he will deliver a speech Wednesday morning to supporters near the White House before Congress debates whether to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. “I will be speaking at the SAVE AMERICA RALLY tomorrow on the Ellipse at 11AM Eastern. Arrive early — doors open at 7AM Eastern. BIG CROWDS!” Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. A joint session of Congress begins at 1 pm and Trump allies are expected to challenge electors from at least three states — Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania — triggering hours of debate, though Biden’s ultimate victory is not in doubt. Trump is supporting a long-shot effort by some Republicans in Congress to overturn Biden’s narrow win in the swing states saying voter fraud tipped narrow races to Biden. The president announced his speech shortly after pressuring Republicans in Congress and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Electoral College certification, to...
                              Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 351,590; Tuesday, 353,621; Wednesday, 357,385.   The United States has surpassed 21 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. For the first time in six years, the Senate is on the verge of changing hands, and perhaps reshaping the trajectory of national governance.   Democrats are on the precipice of pulling off two momentous victories in a pair of...
    DONALD Trump will "go after" Mike Pence "hard" if his Vice President does not try and overturn Joe Biden's election victory. Pence will take on a ceremonial role today as he presides over certification of Biden's win on November 3. 3Donald Trump will 'go after' Mike Pence if his VP does not try and block Joe Biden's election winCredit: Getty Images - Getty President Trump has heaped pressure on his VP "to reject fraudulent electors" and block Biden's path to the White House. Yet, according to the New York Times, Pence told Trump over lunch that he does not have the power to overturn the election. But the brash Republican has furiously denied the lunch meeting even took place - and instead insisted that Pence is in "total agreement" with him. Now, ABC reports that Trump is "prepared to go after Pence and go after him hard" if he does...
    A joint session of Congress that convenes Wednesday to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory could drag on for days thanks to rules permitting hours of deliberation for any objections to state results. Republicans in the House and Senate plan to contest the results provided by six battleground states, beginning with Arizona, after the House and Senate gather for a joint session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. None of the protests has a chance of succeeding. An overwhelming majority in both chambers will block any effort to change the results certifying Biden as the winner in the half-dozen states some Republicans are questioning. The states are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. President Trump has contested Biden’s win in each of those states. Under the rules governing the joint session, over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside, the process allows up to two hours of debate, followed by votes,...
    The Republican move to object to the certification of the 2020 election results on Wednesday has some wondering, even hopeful, if the long-shot bid to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win will lead to the Electoral College's demise. Regardless of whether the effort to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by President Trump and his allies is successful, proponents of abolishing the current Electoral College system have some fresh material. Noting that only one Republican presidential candidate has won the national popular vote in the last 32 years, a group of GOP House members — Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Ken Buck of Colorado, Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Tom McClintock of California, and Chip Roy of Texas — released a statement saying they don’t support objecting to the certification in part because of the precedent it would set. “They have...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he campaigns on behalf of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates from Georgia Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, ahead of their January 5 run-off elections, during a drive-in campaign rally in Atlanta, Georgia, January 4, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The final step in confirming Joe Biden as the next president of the United States is set for Wednesday afternoon as Congress convenes in joint session to certify that he defeated President Donald Trump in the Electoral College vote. With Democrat Biden's 306 electoral votes — 36 more than needed — the process normally would be a formality. But this year, it may take days because of what is likely to be a doomed effort by Trump to overturn his defeat, based on his false claims that he lost as the result of widespread ballot fraud. The process is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET, with...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue. The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The candidates were locked in a tight race and it was too early to call a winner. Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points....
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday announced the four congress members who will lead Democrats during the expected challenges and debate in the joint session of congress to certify President-elect Joe’s Biden Electoral College win Wednesday. Reps. Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren, Jamie Raskin and Joe Neguse will lead Democrats in the "Constitutional, historical and thematic justification for respecting the will of the people," Pelosi wrote in an open letter to colleagues. "On the Floor of the House, we will have a civics lesson about protecting the integrity of our democracy." "Tomorrow is about guaranteeing trust in our democratic system," the speaker continued. Several Republican lawmakers from the House and Senate have said they plan to object to certifying Biden’s 306-232 win in the Electoral College based on accusations of fraud to help Biden in several battleground states.  A VIEWER'S GUIDE TO WEDNESDAY'S CONGRESSIONAL CERTIFICATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION  President Trump’s team...
    JOE Exotic's father has died of Covid-19 as his lawyers push for a pardon allowing him to attend the funeral. The jailed reality star, 57, is "desperate" to attend the burial of his dad Francis Schreibvogel which takes place in Oklahoma on Saturday, TMZ reports. 1Joe Exotic's dad Francis Schreibvogel has died of Covid-19 Credit: Instagram His legal team - led by investigator Eric Love - will reportedly fly to Washington DC for a "high level" meeting today to discuss a presidential pardon. If the pardon request is rejected, the team ask for a day pass granting Joe temporary release. Real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the star is serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin, 59. Most read in NewsLatest'I'M HONOURED'Warnock claims victory in Georgia Senate race but loser REFUSES to concedeIN DEEP MITTMAGA fans scream 'TRAITOR' at Romney as he prepares to confirm Biden...
    People attend a rally at Freedom Plaza Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Supporters of President Donald Trump and his unproven claims of widespread election fraud are gearing up for a second wave of protests in D.C. on Wednesday. It’s the same day that Congress meets to count the Electoral College votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win. During Tuesday’s demonstrations, at least six people were arrested. Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday. Rallies According to a map and schedule online, the first of Wednesday’s protest rallies kicks off at 9 a.m. at The Ellipse at President’s Park. The March to Save America website says “doors open” at 7 a.m. There are, in fact, no doors at The Ellipse. From there, the March for Trump will head to the Capitol at 1 p.m. The Freedom Rally starts at 9 a.m....
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's extraordinary effort to overturn the presidential election is going before Congress as lawmakers convene for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden.The typically routine proceeding Wednesday will be anything but, a political confrontation unseen since the aftermath of the Civil War as Trump mounts a desperate effort stay in office. The president's Republican allies in the House and Senate plan to object to the election results, heeding supporters' plea to "fight for Trump" as he stages a rally outside the White House. It's tearing the party apart.The longshot effort is all but certain to fail, defeated by bipartisan majorities in Congress prepared to accept the results. Biden, who won the Electoral College 306-232, is set to be inaugurated Jan. 20."The most important part is that, in the end, democracy will prevail here," Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, among...
    THE Democrats looks set to seize back control of the Senate as Jon Ossoff leads his rival in a tight Georgia runoff amid Donald Trump's continued allegations of fraud. Last night, Democrat Raphael Warnock sensationally won the first of the twin runoffs which could have a huge impact on the first two years of Joe Biden's presidency. 3Jon Ossoff looks set to win his crunch Senate runoff against David Perdue Trump's Republican Party has controlled the upper chamber of Congress for the past four years. If Democrats manage to wrestle back control of the Senate, it will enable the party to impose their legislative agenda on Washington. Ossoff has won 50.1 per cent of vote in the traditionally red state over David Perdue who has 49.9 per cent with 98 per cent of the ballots counted. He has come from behind after trailing Perdue by about 10,000 votes - however...
    Contrary to expectations, the US Democrats also won a majority in the Senate. This is very important for the future presidency of Joe Biden. But democratic power still has its limitations – which is not a bad sign for the United States. Democrat Joe Biden was personally involved in the Georgia Senate election campaign with good reason: his party will have a majority in both chambers there and in both chambers of Congress. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters Miracles rarely occur in politics, especially when they double. But in the election for two Senate seats in Georgia, the Democrats seem to have won a landslide victory. The outcome has not yet been officially determined, but both Democratic candidates are clearly in the lead. If this is confirmed, the result will be an earthquake in American politics. For the first time in nearly two decades, Democrats will again appoint...
    Lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are scheduled to meet Wednesday in a joint session of Congress to count and certify electoral votes based on the result of the November presidential election.   This usually routine and ceremonial function — a final step after the Electoral College officially elected Joe Biden on December 14 — has turned into a litmus test of Republican lawmakers' loyalty to President Donald Trump. More than 100 Trump loyalists are set to challenge certification.   Here's what we can expect from the meeting.   What usually happens?   Under the 12th Amendment, both chambers must meet to officially count and certify the Electoral College results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   Representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties in the Senate and House are appointed as "tellers" from each chamber. Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as...
    DURING the 2020 general election when none of the candidates in Georgia'ss two Senate contests earned more than 50 percent of the vote. That forced both races to the January 5 runoff. 3An election worker sorts provisional ballots after the polls closed at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registrations and Elections BuildingCredit: AP:Associated Press Who won the Georgia Senate election runoff? By the morning of January 6, the Democrats won one hotly contested US Senate race in Georgia on and pulled ahead in a second. This has edged them closer to control of the chamber and the power to advance Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's policy goals when he takes office this month. Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock beat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, TV networks and Edison Research projected. Democrat Jon Ossoff held a narrow lead over Republican David Perdue in the other race, with a final outcome not expected until...
    ATLANTA, Georgia -- ABC News is projecting that Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock will defeat Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of two Georgia Senate runoffs.This is a breaking news update, original story follows below.Georgia officials are counting the final votes of the nation's turbulent 2020 election season as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden's legislative agenda.The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold.Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks.As of late Tuesday night, it was too early to call the close races.In one contest, Republican Kelly Loeffler, a 50-year-old former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate less than a year...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the Democrats’ reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue. The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. That contest was too early to call as votes were still being counted. If Ossoff wins, Democrats will have complete control of Congress, strengthening President-elect Joe Biden’s standing as he prepares to take office...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Candidates were locked in tight races early Wednesday as Georgia officials tallied the final votes in two critical Senate elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. President Donald Trump encouraged his loyalists to turn out in force even as he undermined the integrity of the electoral system by pressing unfounded claims of voter fraud to explain away his own defeat in Georgia. As of Wednesday morning, it was too early to call the close races. In one contest,...
    Fox News host Steve Hilton, the British political adviser turned populist Trump supporter, declared the U.S. elections “broken” on Wednesday, as Democrats appear poised to win both Georgia Senate seats. Hilton has backed President Donald Trump’s assault on elections, which coincidentally kicked off after he lost to Joe Biden. And now, the allegations of fraud fueling the conspiracy theory that Trump won the 2020 election appear set to continue in light of the Georgia runoffs. “We actually have, in the greatest country in the world,” Hilton declared, “a totally broken and dysfunctional electoral system.” Hilton cited delays in the counting of votes and the practice of ballot harvesting, which legal in some states, as the basis for his description of the U.S. as a “banana republic.” He went on to note the extraordinary amount of Republicans “who don’t believe that in the general election that Biden was legitimately elected, and...
    Democratic candidates for Senate Jon Ossoff (L) and Raphael Warnock (R) bump elbows on stage during a rally with US President-elect Joe Biden outside Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 4, 2021. In an historic election with consequences that will reverberate for years, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are poised to flip two Republican-held Senate seats in Georgia and hand control of the chamber to Democrats for the first time since 2014. With most votes tallied, Warnock held a small but insurmountable lead on his Republican opponent, Kelly Loeffler, and declared victory. Ossoff trailed Republican David Perdue by the narrowest of margins but is all but assured of taking the lead when the remaining ballots are counted, since they are almost all in blue counties. Warnock, a pastor who holds the pulpit at Martin Luther King Jr.'s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, would not only become Georgia's...
              GOP candidate for governor and Virginia State Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) reportedly said Tuesday he does not stand with Republicans in Congress who plan to object to the Electoral College votes and that Joe Biden will be the next president. Cox’s reported comments were shared by Daniel Grimes, a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC29 in Charlottesville, in a post on Twitter . “Just spoke to [Cox], a Republican candidate for governor, who says the Electoral College certified the results in December and [Biden] will be the next president,” Grimes wrote. “He does not stand with Republicans on the Hill who are fighting the results.” Just spoke to @kirkcoxforva ,a Republican candidate for governor, who says the Electoral College certified the results in December and @JoeBiden will be the next president. He does not stand with Republicans on the Hill who are...
              Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) said in a Tuesday press call that legislators who challenge electoral results are undermining Americans’ faith in democracy, but three of Virginia’s Republican congressmen support a challenge, and two have committed to vote to challenge the results. Warner said, “We’ve got what traditionally has been a pro-forma event happening tomorrow, January 6, where the House and the Senate meet in tandem to basically count the certified electoral votes.” Warner said people who object to certification were enablers helping President Trump disrupt democracy. He also said challenging the results plays into the hands of foreign enemies, providing them with material for propaganda. In a Tuesday statement, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) said he supported challenging the electors from states where constitutional questions have been raised. Wittman did not say if he would challenge the results. He said, “This is bigger than...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming chief of staff Ron Klain mocked Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler early Wednesday, while vote counts were still underway in the Georgia runoffs, for announcing her plan to object to the certification of Biden's win in November's presidential election. A joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College result is set to occur later Wednesday, just a day after the highly anticipated U.S. Senate runoffs pitted Loeffler against Democrat Raphael Warnock, and Sen. David Perdue against Democrat Jon Ossoff. The results in Georgia will determine which party controls the Senate in the new Congress. "Spitballing here, but it may be that telling voters that you intend to ignore their verdict and overturn their votes from the November election was NOT a great closing argument for @KLoeffler," Klain tweeted, before the races were called. Klain’s tweet came after Fox News first reported that Loeffler, who faced Warnock during Tuesday’s election,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks it’s dangerous for his party to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s election triumph. But some Republicans are charging ahead anyway, and this time McConnell is facing dynamics he can’t fully control. Despite the Kentucky Republican’s opposition, 13 GOP senators have said they will join scores of their House colleagues Wednesday and object when Congress formally affirms Biden’s Electoral College victory. The effort, certain to fail, has been spurred by the soundly defeated President Donald Trump as an unjustified, last-gasp effort to override the election results, which all 50 states have already certified. McConnell has warned his colleagues that the showdown is risky because it will force GOP senators, including those in potentially tough 2022 reelections, to decide whether to support or oppose the tweet-happy Trump in a fight they are sure to lose. In mid-December, McConnell privately warned them that pressing the...
    THE US Mega Millions lottery results are in and it's time to find out if anyone has won a life-changing amount of money. Someone may have won $432million during tonight’s drawing on December 18. 1The Mega Millions drawing takes place every Tuesday and Friday Tonight's winning numbers are 20, 43, 51, 55, 57, and 04 on the gold Mega ball. All players must match all five white balls and the gold Mega ball in order to win the jackpot. There is no guarantee that a jackpot will be awarded for every drawing. Other smaller cash prizes are also included. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 and are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. A world record jackpot of $1.537billion was hit in October of 2018 by one ticket sold in South Carolina. Most read in NewsBreakingBLUE WAVEDems edge towards wins in GA Senate run-off...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials counted the final votes of the nation’s turbulent 2020 election season early Wednesday as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. President Donald Trump encouraged his loyalists to turn out in force even as he undermined the integrity of the electoral system by pressing unfounded claims of voter fraud to explain away his own defeat in Georgia. As of Wednesday morning, it was too early to call the close races. In...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's desperate effort to subvert democracy and steal the election will hit a brick wall of truth and America's constitutional defenses when Congress meets Wednesday to finalize President-elect Joe Biden's victory.But a futile bid by radicalized pro-Trump Republicans to block the process based on bogus vote-fraud claims will inflict new blows on national unity, respect for bedrock institutions and the public legitimacy of Biden's presidency. The objections to state results expected to be lodged by a dozen Senate Republicans could drag out the process for hours and are likely to deepen the conviction of Trump voters, battered by a barrage of propaganda from the President and conservative media, that he was unfairly beaten in November.A sense of history at a brittle national moment is being fueled, meanwhile, by counts in two Senate runoffs in Georgia that will decide who controls the chamber -- a critical concern for the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The outcome of the Georgia Senate runoff elections determines whether or not President-elect Joe Biden’s Democratic party controls both houses of Congress. Republicans need to win just one of the races to hold onto control of the Senate. If you had any doubt of the importance of the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election, perhaps both the president and president-elect campaigning in the Peach State gives you an idea. “It’s consequential for the nation and for Pennsylvania,” said Committee of Seventy President and CEO David Thornburgh. Thornburgh says that’s because the outcome of these close runoff elections determines whether or not President-elect Biden’s Democratic party controls both houses of Congress. “If the Democrats win both of those seats, then they win the Senate,” Thornburgh said. “Biden won both Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, so to the extent that folks here are supportive of his agenda, it will be a lot...
    Videos posted to social media on Tuesday evening appear to show Utah Senator Mitt Romney being harassed by supporters of President Donald Trump as he takes a flight from Salt Lake City to Washington D.C. Romney is among the Republican Senators who have rejected an effort to oppose certification of Joe Biden's presidency this week when Congress meets to officially count the electoral college votes. He is seen in one video being confronted by a woman as he waits for his flight as she demands to know why  Romney is not supporting Donald Trump with the president's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. Romney cannot be seen in the second video, which went viral on Tuesday night, and claimed to show maskless Trump fans screaming 'Traitor' at the senator while on the plane. Thousands of Trump loyalists are flying to Washington D.C. to attend a massive 'Stop the Steal' rally...
    THE polls in Georgia have now closed with the result currently looking too close to call as counting gets underway. Donald Trump has already called the election a "fraud" claiming Dominion voting machines were not working for an hour in Republican strongholds and ballots were being left in locked boxes. 7Voters keep to social distancing as they line up to vote at the Sara Smith Elementary polling stationCredit: AFP or licensors 7Keyonta Carter casts her ballot for the Senate runoff races in AtlantaCredit: EPA 7Poll worker Jennifer Jones, right, signs voter Taylor Ledford in at a polling place at Dawnville United Methodist Church in DawnvilleCredit: AP:Associated Press Reports are coming out of the 12th Congressional District of Georgia that Dominion Machines are not working in certain Republican Strongholds for over an hour. Ballots are being left in lock boxes, hopefully they count them. Thank you Congressman @RickAllen!— Donald J. Trump...
    ATLANTA, Georgia -- Georgia officials began counting the final votes of the nation's turbulent 2020 election season on Tuesday night as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden's legislative agenda.The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority - and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks.President Donald Trump encouraged his loyalists to turn out in force even as he undermined the integrity of the electoral system by pressing unfounded claims of voter fraud to explain away his own defeat in Georgia.It was too early to call Tuesday's races as votes were being counted.WATCH | ABC News Live coverage:In one contest, Republican Kelly Loeffler,...
    TRUMP fans on a flight to Washington, DC, with Mitt Romney on Tuesday chanted “traitor” at the Republican senator who has affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.  The Make America Great Again (MAGA) fans were recorded in a video screaming “traitor” nearly 20 times at Romney, who was not visible but apparently on the plane that appeared to be in Atlanta.  10Trump fans chanted 'traitor' at Republican Senator Mitt Romney on a plane headed to Washington, DCCredit: Twitter 10A Trump fan confronted Republican Senator Mitt Romney inside an airportCredit: Twitter After the chant, a woman was heard saying, “Resign, Mitt.” “We want to know your connection to Burisma and Joe Biden,” she continued, referring to a Ukrainian gas company that had Biden’s son Hunter on the board of directors. The woman mentioned the Electoral College, which is set to certify the presidential election results on Wednesday, and...
    Donald Trump furiously claimed Tuesday night that Mike Pence can overturn the election result single-handed in Congress Wednesday - and denied the vice president had told him he could not. The president issued a statement after the New York Times reported that Pence had told him over lunch that he had no constitutional power to 'decertify' states' slates of electors when he presides over Congress to certify the election result.  But Trump called that 'fake news' then outlined an extraordinary plan to either get Republican state legislatures to send Trump electors - or turn the election to Congress under the 12th Amendment, which could then vote for Trump. 'Decertifying' the results would plunge the country into a constitutional crisis but Trump claimed that Pence was in 'total agreement' that he 'has the power to act.'  Trump's statement publicly turned the heat up on Pence after a pressure campaign which has been...
    Lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are scheduled to meet Wednesday in a joint session of Congress to count and certify electoral votes based on the result of the November presidential election.   This usually routine and ceremonial function — a final step after the Electoral College officially elected Joe Biden on December 14 — has turned into a litmus test of Republican lawmakers' loyalty to President Donald Trump. More than 100 Trump loyalists are set to challenge certification.   Here's what we can expect from the meeting.   What usually happens?   Under the 12th Amendment, both chambers must meet to officially count and certify the Electoral College results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   Representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties in the Senate and House are appointed as "tellers" from each chamber. Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as...
    The polls are now closed in Georgia, where two runoff elections will determine control of the Senate. As election workers count the votes, all eyes are on the races between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff; Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock. Kelly Loeffler, a multimillionaire who has campaigned as a Trump loyalist, was appointed to her Senate seat last year by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. She is facing a challenge from Raphael Warnock, who served as a senior pastor at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. It’s still early, but the numbers look good thus far for Democrats, who are outperforming turnout expectations. Democrats need to win both seats to take control of the Senate. If they do, they will control the presidency as well as both houses of Congress. The Senate runoffs come the day before Congress certifies Joe Biden’s election...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials began counting the final votes of the nation’s turbulent 2020 election season on Tuesday night as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. President Donald Trump encouraged his loyalists to turn out in force even as he undermined the integrity of the electoral system by pressing unfounded claims of voter fraud to explain away his own defeat in Georgia. Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the race was too early to call. Both...
    The polls are now closed in Georgia, where two runoff elections will determine control of the Senate. As election workers count the votes, all eyes are on the races between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff; Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock. Perdue’s Senate term expired Sunday. Loeffler was appointed to her Senate seat last year by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. David Perdue, a businessman who was elected to the Senate in 2015, and Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old Democrat, both failed to receive more than 50% of the vote last November — triggering this runoff. It’s still early, but the numbers look good thus far for Democrats, who are outperforming turnout expectations. Democrats need to win both seats to take control of the Senate. If they do, they will control the presidency as well as both houses of Congress. The Senate runoffs come the day before Congress...
    Trump 2020 campaign adviser and presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump said Tuesday that the planned GOP objections to key state elector slates in Congress' Wednesday joint session are not intended to overturn the election result, but instead to make certain all allegations of irregularities and fraud are properly heard and investigated. "We want to make sure that if there is a contested vote, anybody who doesn't want to certify the votes for Joe Biden, that they get their chance to debate that ... Look, we want every legal and legitimate vote counted," she said. "We said that since day one and we have always maintained that. "I think there are 74 million-plus Americans out there that don't feel like that has happened yet," Lara Trump continued. "We want the right thing to happen and we'll see how that goes." Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas are expected to lead the Senate's objectors. PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT DC RALLY ON SIDELINES...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.What is the most important fact about Wednesday's effort to reject the Electoral College votes and stop the certification of Joe Biden's election win? That it's going to fail. So that fact should probably come first in the news coverage of the next 24 hours.All the talk of "objections" and "certifications" ... all the arguments about the "sedition caucus" and the "surrender caucus" ... it may appeal to political junkies but it's confusing and unnerving to many other viewers and readers. Reporters need to put reality first and take care not to fall into false equivalency and both-side traps.I liked the way Zach Wade, a senior programming producer for CNN, framed Wednesday in an internal email on Tuesday night: "Congress will certify Biden's victory despite a brazen attempt by Republicans...
    VICE President Mike Pence told the president he does not have the authority to change the results of the election - even as the president continues to say it's up to Pence to overturn his election loss. Pence told President Trump during his weekly lunch with the president that he does not have the power to overturn the election when Congress convenes on Wednesday to certify Biden's election win. 1Pence reportedly has told Trump he lacks the power to overturn the election resultsCredit: AFP or licensors Pence's message came hours after Trump subtweeted the VP, putting public pressure on Pence to "reject" Congress' certification. "The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors," Trump tweeted earlier on Tuesday. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials began counting the final votes of the nation’s turbulent 2020 election season on Tuesday night as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. While voting was strong in some spots, state election officials reported light turnout early in the day, including across the deeply conservative region where President Donald Trump held a rally Monday night to encourage GOP voters to turn out in force. In one contest, Republican Kelly Loeffler, a...
    (CNN)On the eve of the all-important Georgia Senate runoff elections, President Donald Trump spent more time addressing his election grievances, than encouraging election turnout. In the four years since Trump was sworn in as president, the Republican Party has lost the House and now the Senate majority is up for grabs. With control of Congress on the line, conservative voters in Georgia need to rely on confidence in election integrity, not seek out confirmation bias to the contrary.Alice StewartBut three days before the Georgia elections, the President called on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" nearly 12,000 votes to overturn his loss to President-elect Joe Biden in the Peach State. The secretary of state stood by his results and the process.It's important to note that, like me, Raffensperger is a Republican who voted for Trump. However, his job is to call balls and strikes and let the chips...
    The vast majority of Republican voters in Georgia say the 2020 presidential election between President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden was not conducted fairly, an exit poll for the state’s Senate runoff election reveals. An exit poll by CNN and Edison Research for the National Election Pool in Georgia’s Senate runoff election — where Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) are facing challenges from Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff — found that about 75 percent of Republican voters who voted in the runoff election said the November 3, 2020 presidential election was not conducted fairly in the state of Georgia. “Among Georgia Republicans who voted in the runoff elections, about three-quarters say that the presidential election in Georgia was not conducted fairly, while more than 9 in 10 Democrats say the election, which President-elect Joe Biden won by less than 12,000 votes, was fair,” CNN reports. Still,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Jan. 5Georgia runoff election latestGeorgians cast high-stakes final votes Tuesday in elections to determine the balance of power in the new Congress, deciding Senate runoff elections sure to shape President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Republicans are unified against Biden's plans for health care, environmental protection and civil rights, but some have feared that outgoing President Donald Trump's brazen attempts to undermine the integrity of the nation's voting systems might discourage voters in Georgia.State election officials reported...
    ATLANTA — Most polls on Tuesday closed at 7 p.m. ET in Georgia, with the fate of the U.S. Senate hanging in the balance, although some have been extended due to technical difficulties. The two runoff races have captured the national spotlight, shattered fundraising records, and are among the most consequential in recent American history. At stake is control of the Senate and the success of President-elect Joe Biden's legislative agenda. Throughout the day, there were only a few hiccups reported across the state. In two Chatham County voting precincts, voting hours have been extended after Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and other members of the Democratic Party of Georgia asked for the extension from a judge due to technical issues and possible misinformation. One issue took place in Columbia County, where voters in some precincts had to fill out paper emergency ballots because poll worker access cards...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Jan. 5Georgia runoff election latestGeorgians cast high-stakes final votes Tuesday in elections to determine the balance of power in the new Congress, deciding Senate runoff elections sure to shape President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Republicans are unified against Biden's plans for health care, environmental protection and civil rights, but some have feared that outgoing President Donald Trump's brazen attempts to undermine the integrity of the nation's voting systems might discourage voters in Georgia.State election officials reported...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials started counting ballots as polls began to close across the state on Tuesday night in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. Voting hours were extended less than an hour in a handful of precincts following a judge’s order. While voting was strong in some spots, state election officials reported light turnout early in the day, including across the deeply conservative region where President Donald Trump held a rally Monday night to encourage GOP...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and RUSS BYNUM ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians cast their ballots Tuesday in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The voting will also affect President Donald Trump’s final days in the White House. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. In one contest, Republican Kelly Loeffler, a 50-year-old former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate less than a year ago by the state’s governor, faced Democrat Raphael Warnock, 51, who serves as the senior pastor of the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up and preached....
    (CNN)As President Donald Trump's days in the White House grow increasingly numbered, his delusions about the 2020 election are growing. By a lot."You can lose and that's acceptable," Trump said during a rally for Georgia's Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on Monday night. "You lose, you lose. You go and you go wherever you're going and you go and say maybe I'll do it again sometime or maybe I won't or I get back to life. But when you win in a landslide and they steal it and it's rigged, it's not acceptable."Moments later, Trump was back at it. "Over the past few weeks, we've demonstrated that we won the election in a landslide. Almost 75 million people voted for me," he said, to applause from the crowd. "The most of any incumbent president in the history of our country." THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! ...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Wednesday in Washington, some Republican lawmakers plan to challenge the votes of the electoral college. That’s despite no evidence of widespread fraud that would affect the win for President-elect Joe Biden. Drexel University professor of politics tells Eyewitness News Republicans seem to be using this moment as a loyalty test to President Donald Trump and his base. He called the situation “a real crisis” for the respect of democracy. He also said only voters can decide who is president. “That basically goes counter to the whole concept of elections. The notion is that the people decide these things, not the vice president independently, and also not Congress. Congress is supposed to simply certify the votes that have already been certified by the 50 states,” Dr. Bill Rosenberg said. Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has said he will vote to certify the electoral college count on Wednesday. Trump’s...
    More On: 2020 presidential election Ted Cruz to object to Arizona electors, adding to fraud claims DC pols warned to expect Electoral College vote protests Grassley confuses DC over whether he will handle electoral certification Trump sends grim warning to Georgia as voters head to the polls President Trump says he will deliver a speech Wednesday morning to supporters near the White House before Congress debates whether to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. “I will be speaking at the SAVE AMERICA RALLY tomorrow on the Ellipse at 11AM Eastern. Arrive early — doors open at 7AM Eastern. BIG CROWDS!” Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. A joint session of Congress begins at 1 pm and Trump allies are expected to challenge electors from at least three states — Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania — triggering hours of debate, though Biden’s ultimate victory is not in doubt. Trump is supporting a long-shot effort...
    VIDEO5:5205:52New CEO survey on public officials denying election resultsClosing Bell Yale School of Management's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld told CNBC on Tuesday that more than two dozen CEOs are considering pulling financial support for congressional Republicans who are backing President Donald Trump's election challenge. Sonnenfeld's comments on "Closing Bell" came after he hosted a virtual conference earlier in the day that included 33 chief executives. It comes about two months after Sonnenfeld convened a similar gathering focused on Trump's response to the Nov. 3 presidential election. In a survey of CEOs on his call, Sonnenfeld said 100% of respondents answered "yes" to the following question: Should CEOs warn lobbyists privately that their firms will no longer support election result deniers in Congress? By doing so, Sonnenfeld said the business leaders hoped to spread the message that "it's time to move on and respect the Constitution." He said participants in the gathering, who were...
    RIGHT-wing activist Candace Owens branded United States elections a "corruption" and "sham," as she baselessly claimed "Donald Trump beat Joe Biden." Owens' unbacked claim came as members of Congress will participate in a mostly ceremonial vote on Wednesday to certify the results of the election. 4Candice Owens falsely claimed President Trump beat Joe Biden in the November electionCredit: Splash News 4Her baseless tweet said all United States elections are rigged "Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 for the nomination," Owens tweeted on Monday. "Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in November," she alleged, without providing evidence. "Until the Left & Right unite against the corruption of our elections (no matter how much you hate the candidate in question)—our elections will continue to be a sham." Despite the backless claim from Owens and other Republicans that Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, elections officials have repeatedly said...
    Nope, Mike Pence does not have the power to undo Joe Biden's presidential election win. Alan Frumin, who served under both Republicans and Democrats as parliamentarian of the Senate, agreed on Tuesday that the course of action that Donald Trump has been pressuring Mike Pence to take during the election certification amounts to a "coup." Frumin appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper, who recapped Trump's request that Pence disrupt or delay the Electoral College certification so Trump would be declared the winner instead of the real winner, President-elect Joe Biden. "Essentially, that's a coup. That's a coup attempt, is it not?" asked Cooper. "If this happened in some, you know, developing country where the person who lost the election just announces that they didn't lose the election, I mean, that's a coup."
    By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Russ Bynum | Associated Press ATLANTA — Georgians cast high-stakes final votes Tuesday in elections to determine the balance of power in the new Congress, deciding Senate runoff elections sure to shape President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Republicans are unified against Biden’s plans for health care, environmental protection and civil rights, but some have feared that outgoing President Donald Trump’s brazen attempts to undermine the integrity of the nation’s voting systems might discourage voters in Georgia. State election officials reported light turnout Tuesday, the day after Trump and Biden held Georgia rallies to encourage their parties’ voters to turn out in force. Wait times at polling sites were “almost nonexistent,” averaging about one minute statewide, said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Still, Georgia had already shattered its turnout record for a runoff with...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eight Republican members of Congress from Pennsylvania, falling in line with President Donald Trump, said that they will oppose the state’s electoral votes being cast Wednesday for President-elect Joe Biden. Those eight will join dozens of other Republicans around the country whom Trump has enlisted to challenge the Electoral College vote when Congress convenes in a joint session to confirm Biden’s 306-232 win. As one of six states that flipped from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020, Pennsylvania could have a spotlight on it during debate over the Electoral College vote. The eight representatives have already gone to court multiple times unsuccessfully — as has Trump’s campaign — seeking to block Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. In statements released last week, they complained about election-related policies of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and decisions by the state Supreme Court, generally concerning the collection and counting of...
    Cleta Mitchell, Partner Foley and Lardner LLP.Pablo Martinez | AP A conservative attorney on Tuesday resigned from her law firm after blowback over her role backing President Donald Trump during a phone call pressuring Georgia's top election official to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in that state. The lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, had been a partner in the firm of Foley & Lardner, which on Monday said it ws investigating her involvement in the call by Trump to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During that call, Mitchell supported the president's challenging of the election results. Foley & Lardner said on Monday that its attorneys were not supposed to be representing "any party" related to the presidential election results. In a statement Tuesday, the firm said, "Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately." "Ms. Mitchell concluded that her departure was in...
    VIDEO4:1704:17GOP pollster says 'the next 48 hours are going to be among the worst' ever for RepublicansSquawk Box GOP pollster and strategist Frank Luntz believes that Democrats hold the upper hand in Tuesday's Georgia Senate runoff elections, warning of disappointment for Republicans in those pivotal races and in Wednesday's upcoming Electoral College presidential confirmation vote on Capitol Hill. "There is a greater divide in the Republican Party than there is in the Democratic Party," Luntz said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday from Georgia. "The party is in the process of tearing itself apart and you don't do that now, when you're this close to the most important Senate election, literally, in a lifetime. Democrats are unified, Republicans are not and that's what gives them the advantage." "I think the next 48 hours are going to be among the worst for the GOP," he added. In Georgia,...
    Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by billionaire mega-donor Charles Koch, said it supports the certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAttorney says census count to determine congressional seats won't be done until February Trump's final push for Georgia runoff dominated by personal grievances Trump at Georgia rally says he hopes Pence 'comes through for us'  MORE’s win while a number of Republican lawmakers prepare to challenge it. The group joins other pro-business, traditionally conservative organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and the National Association of Manufacturers in pushing back on lawmakers’ plan to object to the election results. "Joe Biden is the president-elect, and we support the process and certification of his election. Our top priority is building broad support around policies to end the pandemic and put Americans on a path to recover stronger while working against — and providing better alternatives to — destructive policies sold...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two high-stakes runoff elections in Georgia are poised to determine which party controls the Senate over the next two years. What the contests won’t do is affect the certification of Electoral College results by Congress. Republicans allied with President Donald Trump are pledging Wednesday to try to undo Democrat Joe Biden’s victory by mounting a challenge to the election results during a joint session of Congress, a last-ditch effort that is almost certain to fail. Lawmakers who were sworn into office this week will vote on the objections. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Ever since Trump lost to President-elect Biden, he has made repeated and false claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the presidency. Yet almost every single legal challenge filed on his behalf has been rejected by the courts, including the Supreme Court. His own attorney general said there was no evidence of...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAttorney says census count to determine congressional seats won't be done until February Trump's final push for Georgia runoff dominated by personal grievances Trump at Georgia rally says he hopes Pence 'comes through for us'  MORE on Tuesday said there are “really decent Republicans” willing to break with President TrumpDonald TrumpAttorney says census count to determine congressional seats won't be done until February Trump's final push for Georgia runoff dominated by personal grievances Trump at Georgia rally says he hopes Pence 'comes through for us'  MORE as he emphasized the need for the country to unify once he takes office. “There are enough really decent Republicans, you’re seeing them step up now in the United States Senate, who don’t want to be part of this Trump Republican Party,” Biden told radio host Kenny Burns, specifically mentioning Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers who are orchestrating an unprecedented attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s election win over President Donald Trump have not settled on a full strategy ahead of Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College vote. With mounting desperation, Trump declared at a campaign rally in Georgia Monday that he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and he appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss. But those Republicans leading the longshot effort in Congress are still deciding the details of their strategy. A late-night meeting convened by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reached few conclusions, according to two Republicans familiar with the situation and granted anonymity to discuss it. Cruz will object to electoral results from Arizona, another Republican said. That’s likely to be the first objection considered, in a state Biden won. Trump’s attempt to enlist his allies to...
    THE 12th amendment and the 1887 Electoral Count Act will both be relevant when Congress meets on January 6 to finalize Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump. Biden will then be inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20. 4Vice President Mike PenceCredit: Getty Images - Getty Why is the 12th amendment trending? The 12th amendment of the Constitution states that the "President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President ..." On January 6, 2021, Congress will formally validate the Electoral College votes. The president of the Senate, current Vice President Mike Pence, will preside over the count and will declare who has been elected president and vice president of the US. A coalition of 11 Republican senators - led by...
    THOUSANDS of MAGA fans descended on Washington D.C. to protest Joe Biden winning the presidency on Tuesday. Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has been ordered to stay away from the demonstration, however, after his arrest on Monday. 4Demonstrators are seen gathering in Freedom Plaza in support of Donald Trump on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty The demonstration came the day before members of Congress are to vote to certify the results of the 2020 US Presidential election, and the same day that voters in Georgia went to the polls to cast votes in the Senate runoff race. Pictures showed crowds of demonstrators gathered in Washington DC, as they showed support for President Trump. Demonstrators were seen clad in MAGA gear, many not wearing masks and with little social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters held signs with messages that said things like, "We the people have our standing! Our Constitution...
    Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said Tuesday that he will not object during Congress’s counting of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6 and will vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win against President Donald Trump. “As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors,” Scott said in a draft copy of his statement obtained first by Axios. “Some of my colleagues believe they have found a path, and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps towards stamping out voter fraud. Importantly, I disagree with their method both in principle and in practice,” he continued. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) (C) speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) (R-GA) at El Rey Del Taco restaurant on October 28, 2020 in Doraville,...
    Former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said January 6 would be 'Judgment Day' - the tagline of one of his popular 'Terminator' films - blasting lawmakers who plan to vote against President-elect Joe Biden's win.  'For those in my party considering standing up against the voters on January 6th, know this: our grandchildren will know your names only as the villains who fought against the great American experiment and the will of the voters,' Schwarzenegger wrote in an essay for The Economist. 'You will live in infamy.' On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence will preside over a Congressionl session in which the Electoral College votes are read and counted.  Former GOP California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) blasted Republican lawmakers backing President Donald Trump (right), who plan to object to Electoral College vote counts in the Congressional session Wednesday to certify the election results  In an essay for The...
    The U.S. Capitol building is seen reflected in a puddle in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020.Hannah McKay | Reuters Congress on Wednesday will count and confirm the votes cast by the Electoral College, a process that is virtually guaranteed to finalize President-elect Joe Biden's victory despite some Republicans' last-ditch plans to challenge the election results. The joint session is set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET in the House chamber, and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to preside. In past presidential cycles, the event was seen as more of a formality than as another battle in the war for the White House. It comes, after all, more than three weeks after states' electors cast their ballots, and nearly a month after the so-called safe harbor deadline to resolve disputes over the results. Yet more than a dozen GOP senators and dozens more in the House have vowed...
    By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Kevin Freking | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers who are orchestrating an unprecedented attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s election win over President Donald Trump have not settled on a full strategy ahead of Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College vote. With mounting desperation, Trump declared at a campaign rally in Georgia Monday that he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and he appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss. But those Republicans leading the longshot effort in Congress are still deciding the details of their strategy. A late-night meeting convened by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reached few conclusions, according to two Republicans familiar with the situation and granted anonymity to discuss it. Cruz will object to electoral results from Arizona, another Republican said. That’s likely to be the first objection considered,...
    Photo credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has publicly made it clear he is completely with President Donald Trump in his attempt to overthrow the election results based on evidence-free claims of fraud. Days after the election was called for Joe Biden, Navarro said Trump won the election and is getting a second term, and e has talked up the baseless claim that the election was “stolen.” Again, court after court has rejected dozens of claims from the Trump team. Even Trump-appointed judges have rejected them. But Navarro has also joined the growing chorus on Team Trump pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to stand up for the president on this. Despite what the president himself claimed Tuesday, no, the vice president does not have the power to unilaterally reject electors. Pence’s office said over the weekend he welcomes the objections from Republicans, but apparently Navarro’s...
    Sen. Tom Cotton wanted to get out ahead of colleagues in defying President Trump's demand that electoral votes for Joe Biden be rejected when Congress counts them on Wednesday. The Arkansas Republican concluded weeks ago that Congress had no constitutional authority to reject Electoral College votes certifying Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. But he announced sooner to prevent a bandwagon effect among Republicans pressured to join various objections. A close ally of Trump and an aspiring 2024 contender, Cotton shocked political observers with his opposition to efforts by Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri to object to Electoral College votes from a half-dozen swing states that narrowly delivered Biden the White House. Their bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election and deliver Trump a second term is being stoked by the outgoing president, and it enjoys strong support among grassroots...
    In this February 26, 2007 file photograph, Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, talks passionately about his new book on Market Based Management.Bo Rader | Tribune News Service | Getty Images The political advocacy organization backed by the billionaire Charles Koch is encouraging Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. The move comes as several of the network's Republican beneficiaries in Congress plan to object to the results. "Joe Biden is the president-elect, and we support the process and certification of his election," Lo Isidro, a spokesman for the Koch backed Americans for Prosperity, said in a statement. "Our top priority is building broad support around policies to end the pandemic and put Americans on a path to recover stronger while working against – and providing better alternatives to – destructive policies sold on empty promises that we know won't work." The statement comes as other business-friendly organizations,...
    Michelle Obama blasted President Trump's effort to overturn the election results as 'unconscionable' in a series of tweets on the day thousands of Georgians went to the polls in key Senate runoff races. The former First Lady took on Trump's plot to overturn the vote in states that Joe Biden won days after a leaked tape revealed Trump asking a Georgia election official to 'find' 11,780 votes, tying the effort to the explosive growth in coronavirus cases and deaths. 'Your vote is your voice. It’s your power. And right now, from the President of the United States on down, we’re seeing and hearing just how desperate some are to take that power away,' she tweeted in advance of Tuesday's elections. 'They want us to believe that their pride is more important than our democracy,' she continued, in a dig a Trump's ego. Former first lady Michelle Obama bashed President Trump's...
    Georgia voters braved the winter chill and turned out en masse at polling stations Tuesday to vote in one of the most consequential and expensive elections in US history. The eyes of the nation are trained on Georgia for two hugely impactful runoff races that will determine which party controls the Senate and whether incoming President-elect Joe Biden will have any congressional check against his left-leaning agenda. More than 3 million voters cast their ballots early while hundreds of thousands of other Georgians were expected to turn out, and many of them did so at the crack of dawn in long lines at polling stations. GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are squaring off against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in elections that will determine whether Biden will be able to push through tax hikes, the Green New Deal and another revamp of ObamaCare. At an...
    Dalton, Georgia (CNN Business)"Mr. President, the problem you have with social media, they — people can say anything," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, tried to explain to President Trump in a call last Saturday. In Trump's world, however, that isn't a bug — it's a feature. Throughout his presidency and during his failed re-election campaign, Trump trafficked in internet rumors, doctored videos, and helped propel fringe conspiracy theories into the national conversation.Now he's using the same tactics to try an overturn an American election. And, as his supporters outside the rally he held in Georgia Monday night made clear to me, those tactics are working, convincing people of blatant untruths about the presidential election and undermining American democracy in a real and potentially dangerous way. "Biden is not the next president, Trump is the next president," one Georgia voter who was in line early for Trump's rally...