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Why Senator Hawley Is Objecting To Electoral College Votes

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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is one of 12 Republican senators and over 100 U.S. representatives planning to object to state electors votes when the Senate convenes on January 6 to verify those votes for president of the United States.

By challenging the votes cast by state electors, Hawley and other Republicans are looking ahead to 2022 and 2024.

By making a move that most experts agree will fail, Hawley looks to secure his standing with the Republican Party base. This could come in handy should the senator run for president in 2024.

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