The United States Congress early Thursday morning certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win of 306 Electoral College votes after voting down objections to counting Arizona and Pennsylvania’s results.
The certification of Biden’s presidential victory was never in doubt, but the previous day’s events did not go as planned after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol and disrupted the proceedings.
Some Republicans had a change of heart about supporting objections to swing state counts after the rioting, which led to at least four deaths; a woman shot by Capitol Police, and three medical emergency fatalities.
Heading into Wednesday’s joint session, 13 GOP senators and roughly 100
House Republicans had announced plans to support objections in three to six states.
An objection required support from at least one member of each chamber in order to be considered by Congress. Ultimately, only the objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania’s results met that threshold.
The objections were not sustained, with the votes showing that support for the challenges had dwindled.
The Senate rejected the Arizona objection by a vote of 6-93, and the Pennsylvania objection, 7-92.
The House likewise did not sustain the objections, rejecting the Arizona challenge 121-303 and the Pennsylvania challenge 138-282.
The joint session then resumed and counted the remaining 12 states’ votes, certifying Biden’s victory.