Lawmakers revealed positions on election challenge

Three Republican members of Mississippi's congressional delegation voted to challenge election results that gave the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 1:46 AM

WASHINGTON (WTVA) — Three Republican members of Mississippi's congressional delegation voted to challenge election results that gave the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Representatives Michael Guest and Trent Kelly sided with fellow Republicans who opposed results from Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Their votes came late in the night after supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, and it followed days of silence when the three lawmakers did not reveal which way they would vote.

“I, along with my constituents, are alarmed with the erosion of integrity of the electoral process," said Hyde-Smith in a released statement. "The people I represent do not believe the presidential election was constitutional and cannot accept the Electoral College decision; therefore, I cannot in good conscience support certification."

Mississippi senior U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Tupelo followed through with his earlier statement in supporting approval of the presidential results.

“Congress cannot — and should not — get into the business of deciding the results of our elections," said the Republican in a statement Wednesday. "Under the Constitution and federal law, Congress’s power is limited to counting electoral votes duly submitted by the states. 

"Anything further would not be compatible with our Constitution or the conservative principles of limited government that I have sworn to defend." Wicker added.

Kelly, who represents most of North Mississippi, had not publicly indicated prior to Wednesday how he would vote. But he said in a phone interview during the chaos at the Capitol he would vote to challenge.

"You see what happens when you don't enforce laws," said Kelly.  "This is what we've got right now with them breaching the Capitol....And there's no difference in our Constitution whether a state does it, an individual or a community.  We have to enforce the laws in the Constitution of this nation."

Opponents to approving Biden's victory contend only state legislatures can change election law under the U.S. Constitution.

That argument was made in a lawsuit Texas filed and Mississippi joined to get presidential election results thrown out in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The plaintiffs argued some election decisions in those states were made by courts or election officials, for example, not legislators.

The U.S. Supreme Court tossed the suit, saying Texas had no standing to sue other states over their elections.

Alabama's two Republican U.S. senators split on the certification vote like Mississippi's two senators did. Longtime Senator Richard Shelby voted to certify while newcomer Senator Tommy Tuberville challenged election results.

As for two other local lawmakers, Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson voted to certify. Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt voted against certification.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 295675

Reported Deaths: 6743
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19690230
Hinds18812389
Harrison16722280
Rankin12725265
Jackson12603228
Lee9691160
Madison9466203
Jones7978147
Forrest7217138
Lauderdale6836226
Lowndes6031140
Lamar588480
Lafayette5736113
Washington5218130
Bolivar4612123
Oktibbeha441493
Panola430894
Pearl River4174130
Warren4130115
Pontotoc409771
Marshall403392
Monroe3990126
Union395674
Neshoba3817169
Lincoln3544103
Hancock347975
Leflore3376118
Sunflower318986
Tate302974
Pike300796
Scott293970
Alcorn291862
Itawamba290075
Yazoo289963
Tippah278965
Coahoma278668
Copiah278158
Simpson275879
Prentiss269858
Wayne254241
Marion252778
Leake252671
Covington248980
Grenada247578
Adams234678
George231845
Newton229952
Winston221777
Jasper213445
Tishomingo212365
Attala206569
Chickasaw201152
Holmes182370
Clay179251
Stone172429
Tallahatchie170939
Clarke169371
Calhoun157928
Smith152832
Yalobusha144836
Greene127733
Walthall124240
Noxubee122831
Montgomery122639
Perry121734
Lawrence120421
Carroll118425
Amite111734
Webster110631
Jefferson Davis101931
Tunica99023
Claiborne98429
Benton93524
Humphreys92827
Kemper90223
Quitman77214
Franklin76119
Choctaw69617
Jefferson62727
Wilkinson62426
Sharkey48917
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 494421

Reported Deaths: 9991
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson711451374
Mobile36184735
Madison32457458
Tuscaloosa24213412
Montgomery22636517
Shelby22020214
Baldwin19790284
Lee14980154
Morgan13693251
Calhoun13307287
Etowah13192320
Marshall11269209
Houston10102261
Elmore9408185
Limestone9376134
Cullman8903181
St. Clair8839224
Lauderdale8601212
DeKalb8465175
Talladega7552164
Walker6538258
Jackson6503103
Autauga630391
Blount6106127
Colbert5993119
Coffee5254102
Dale4648107
Russell405233
Franklin399478
Covington3970106
Chilton3883100
Escambia378172
Tallapoosa3596143
Clarke343753
Chambers3421111
Dallas3412141
Pike293372
Lawrence283684
Marion283495
Winston247368
Bibb245460
Geneva240270
Marengo236557
Pickens224555
Barbour212451
Hale210668
Fayette200957
Butler197566
Henry182641
Cherokee177139
Monroe166339
Randolph163840
Washington156635
Crenshaw145254
Clay145054
Macon142343
Cleburne137841
Lamar133133
Lowndes131251
Wilcox122525
Bullock117136
Conecuh106724
Perry105827
Sumter98632
Coosa89224
Greene88232
Choctaw55123
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