David Purdue backs GOP effort to object to Electoral College certification

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Sen. David Perdue is encouraging his fellow GOP lawmakers to object during the Electoral College certification process Wednesday, pledging he would do the same if he could.

Perdue (R-Ga.), who is fighting for his political survival in one of the Georgia runoffs that will decide which party controls the Senate, made the statement while appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Asked by host Maria Bartiromo if he would join the 12 Senate Republicans challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the upper house of Congress, Perdue explained that he would join his fellow Trump allies, but his Senate race kept him from being able to vote.

“I agreed that I would do that. The technical problem is that I won’t be certified until this election is certified some week to 10 days after the election, when we win on Tuesday,” the Georgia incumbent told the network, explaining that he technically will not be a senator on the day lawmakers will vote.

“I’m encouraging my colleagues to object. This is something that the American people demand right now,” he continued. “You heard in the last section [of the show] that there are huge irregularities in Georgia. They need to be investigated. And they need to be corrected, in my opinion.”

Perdue went on to note that like President Trump, he had taken issue with how the 2020 election was carried out after the fact.

“You know, when I first saw the magnitude of the irregularities back in December, early December, about our November race, I called for the resignation of our secretary of state. I repeatedly called for a special session of the General Assembly to investigate. None of that happened.”

All eyes have focused on the two Senate battles in Georgia. The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, meaning that whichever way these two seats go will decide which party controls the upper chamber of Congress.

If Democrats were to win both seats and split the body evenly, tie votes would be broken by Harris in her capacity as vice president.

The first race pits Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, against Perdue.

When the two went head to head during the Nov. 3 election, Perdue was unable to reach the 50 percent threshold required by the state in order to declare a winner. Perdue led Ossoff 49.7 percent to 48 percent.

As a result, the race was sent to a run-off.

The second race pits Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) against the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.

Loeffler was not elected to her seat; she was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned a year ago due to health concerns.

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