Ted Cruz leads coalition of 11 senators who will object during Jan. 6 congressional joint session

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is leading a coalition of Republican senators who announced on Saturday they plan to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential results.

The group includes Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), according to The Epoch Times.

Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) also plan on joining as they will be sworn in on Sunday, just days before the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6.

The group is seeking a "10-day audit" of the results because of "unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities."

“America is a Republic whose leaders are chosen in democratic elections. Those elections, in turn, must comply with the Constitution and with federal and state law,” wrote the coalition in a joint statement.

“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes," they added.

The statement emphasized the importance of the "rule of law" and that no matter what "the losing candidate should acknowledge and respect the legitimacy of that election."

"And, if the voters choose to elect a new office-holder, our Nation should have a peaceful transfer of power. The election of 2020, like the election of 2016, was hard-fought and, in many swing states, narrowly decided. The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations, and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities," the group went on to say.

The allegations of voting fraud have cast doubt on whether or not former Vice President Joe Biden is in fact the winner of the election.

Polling between Reuters and Ipsos found that 39% of Americans believe "the election was rigged." 67% of Republicans shared that belief, compared to 17 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Independents.

The fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election “exceed any in our lifetime,” the group said, criticizing the courts (including the Supreme Court) which have repeatedly refused to analyze any evidence.

“Ideally, the courts would have heard evidence and resolved these claims of serious election fraud. Twice, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to do so; twice, the Court declined," they said.

“Whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations," the group stated.

The joint session is the final step in the Electoral College system to certify a president-elect, the vice president, as president of the Senate, presiding over members of Congress as the electoral votes are counted.

Objections can be raised and, if supported by at least one representative and at least one senator, Congress will withdraw from the joint session for a two-hour debate. The chambers then vote on the objection, being upheld with a majority vote in each chamber.

According to a tally by Epoch Times, 40 representatives plan on objecting, and 12 senators including Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) who announced this week his plans to object.

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