Add Texas Congressman Lance Gooden to the list of Republicans who plan to challenge the Electoral College vote on January 6. He will join other Republican lawmakers who will be contesting the Electoral College vote, which is expected to go to pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden, when Congress certifies the vote next month.
Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) that “I intend to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote submissions on January 6th, and I respectfully ask you to stand with me.”
Neither Cornyn nor Cruz have publicly said whether they would challenge the votes. The process requires at least one House representative and one senator.
“We must stand up for the tens of millions of Americans who want answers to the irregularities surrounding this election,” Gooden said in his letter. “It is our duty to ensure the integrity of our election is unwavering, and the American people deserve to feel confident their vote matters.”
Gooden furthermore noted that allegations and reports of voter fraud are looming over the validity of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
“There needs to be a full audit of every ballot in states like Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” he said, adding in those states, “widespread reports” of fraud and irregularities have been reported. If the audit isn’t completed, Gooden argued that Congress would be doing the country a disservice by certifying the Electoral College results.
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Gooden follows incoming Republican North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who said this weekend he would also challenge the results. Cawthorn said at a Turning Point USA conference Monday that he will contest the election and fund primary opponents against GOP members not publicly urging “for fair, free and just elections.”
Cawthorn said the Constitution says “that state legislators are the only body that can change election law within their own states,” video of the conference shows. He said numerous governors and state secretaries in swing states have violated the law.
“And so because of that on Jan 6 as the people of Western North Carolina sent me to Washington to do a job, I will be contesting the election,” Cawthorn said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised GOP senators not to contest the outcomes of the election on Jan. 6 in a private phone call with the caucus, two sources familiar with the matter said, according to Politico. Senate Majority Whip John Thune and Republican Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt reiterated McConnell’s thoughts.
Madison joined the audience in yelling USA once and said he has “a message for all of the Republicans across the country” during the video.
“If you are not on the record calling for fair, free and just elections now and in the future, I will come to your district and I will fund a primary opponent against you,” Cawthorn said in the video.