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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: 292811

Reported Deaths: 6613
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19515228
Hinds18611385
Harrison16431275
Rankin12543261
Jackson12419216
Lee9641160
Madison9378194
Jones7857145
Forrest7094136
Lauderdale6760225
Lowndes5998137
Lamar581180
Lafayette5698113
Washington5135128
Bolivar4580120
Oktibbeha438691
Panola424992
Warren4101113
Pearl River4083128
Pontotoc406668
Marshall398392
Monroe3977126
Union392173
Neshoba3758166
Lincoln3447100
Hancock338673
Leflore3349118
Sunflower316685
Tate299874
Pike298293
Scott291867
Alcorn289660
Itawamba288571
Yazoo283262
Tippah275465
Copiah273957
Coahoma272666
Simpson270778
Prentiss267658
Leake251370
Wayne250540
Marion249878
Covington247178
Grenada244676
Adams232877
George229845
Newton223151
Winston220274
Tishomingo211465
Jasper211244
Attala205969
Chickasaw200550
Holmes181470
Clay177848
Stone171129
Tallahatchie169239
Clarke168271
Calhoun155527
Smith151531
Yalobusha142236
Greene126533
Walthall123340
Noxubee122629
Perry120934
Montgomery120537
Lawrence119021
Carroll117223
Amite110732
Webster109229
Jefferson Davis99931
Tunica98023
Claiborne97329
Benton92524
Humphreys91326
Kemper89422
Quitman76614
Franklin75419
Choctaw69416
Wilkinson62226
Jefferson61027
Sharkey48817
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 490220

Reported Deaths: 9744
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson704661342
Mobile35810721
Madison32203443
Tuscaloosa23961409
Montgomery22417489
Shelby21773211
Baldwin19635272
Lee14883147
Morgan13571248
Etowah13118312
Calhoun13090283
Marshall11212203
Houston10036257
Limestone9321133
Elmore9313179
Cullman8864177
St. Clair8771220
Lauderdale8570210
DeKalb8419173
Talladega7450162
Walker6492249
Jackson6466102
Autauga617285
Blount6072125
Colbert5978118
Coffee5229100
Dale4614106
Russell401431
Franklin397675
Covington3948105
Chilton383196
Escambia376670
Tallapoosa3559139
Clarke342749
Dallas3396140
Chambers3393103
Pike292771
Lawrence281284
Marion280793
Winston245665
Bibb243759
Marengo238554
Geneva238468
Pickens223554
Barbour209550
Hale208464
Fayette199356
Butler195165
Henry182341
Cherokee176338
Monroe165638
Randolph162740
Washington156233
Crenshaw143353
Clay143254
Macon140543
Cleburne136539
Lamar131632
Lowndes130148
Wilcox120825
Bullock116534
Conecuh106523
Perry105327
Sumter98231
Coosa86823
Greene86732
Choctaw54723
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