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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: 503322

Reported Deaths: 10057
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34400541
DeSoto32318411
Hinds32074631
Jackson24551386
Rankin22103391
Lee15657235
Madison14662281
Jones13894243
Forrest13506253
Lauderdale12037318
Lowndes11091192
Lamar10531138
Pearl River9557238
Lafayette8581140
Hancock7751130
Washington7458161
Oktibbeha7152133
Monroe6796178
Warren6752176
Pontotoc6736104
Neshoba6656206
Panola6572131
Marshall6494135
Bolivar6331150
Union607794
Pike5849154
Alcorn5691102
Lincoln5468135
George502979
Scott474198
Tippah472481
Prentiss471582
Leflore4676144
Itawamba4651105
Tate4632111
Adams4617120
Copiah450092
Simpson4458116
Yazoo445388
Wayne440772
Covington429894
Sunflower4246105
Marion4236108
Coahoma4178108
Leake409888
Newton383179
Grenada3731108
Tishomingo361592
Stone360664
Jasper336565
Attala335290
Winston315391
Clay309077
Chickasaw302367
Clarke295894
Calhoun279947
Holmes268788
Smith266550
Yalobusha237247
Tallahatchie228752
Greene220649
Walthall219364
Lawrence213640
Perry206456
Amite206056
Webster203446
Noxubee186940
Montgomery179757
Jefferson Davis172243
Carroll169639
Tunica160139
Benton149439
Kemper142141
Choctaw134627
Claiborne132838
Humphreys129738
Franklin120728
Quitman106828
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson95934
Sharkey64220
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 821255

Reported Deaths: 15424
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1149051930
Mobile726651340
Madison52400699
Shelby37685350
Baldwin37285552
Tuscaloosa35147613
Montgomery34130740
Lee23556246
Calhoun22255490
Morgan21037378
Etowah19844500
Marshall18390304
Houston17406412
St. Clair16091339
Cullman15493293
Limestone15402199
Elmore15292286
Lauderdale14366295
Talladega13870283
DeKalb12670261
Walker11255370
Blount10227176
Autauga10061148
Jackson9909185
Coffee9215191
Dale8912186
Colbert8907201
Tallapoosa7103198
Escambia6782134
Covington6724183
Chilton6658162
Russell637659
Franklin5992105
Chambers5615142
Marion5016127
Dallas5013202
Pike4799106
Clarke477284
Geneva4577127
Winston4538103
Lawrence4352117
Bibb425686
Barbour358376
Marengo338390
Monroe332064
Randolph330264
Butler328596
Pickens317384
Henry313166
Hale311988
Cherokee303260
Fayette294580
Washington251651
Cleburne247960
Clay245568
Crenshaw245475
Macon235563
Lamar225747
Conecuh186654
Coosa180940
Lowndes175764
Wilcox169139
Bullock151844
Perry139240
Sumter133338
Greene126744
Choctaw88527
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