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New Mexico’s Herrell to object to Electoral College results

January 1, 2021 GMT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep.-elect Yvette Herrell of New Mexico says she’ll be among Republican members of Congress who will formally object on Wednesday to the certification of the Electoral College tally of votes.

Herrell said Thursday on her Facebook page that she would vote against certifying the Electoral College results in which President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, the Roswell Daily Record reported.

Herrell in November unseated first-term incumbent Democrat Xochitl Torres Small to represent the 2nd Congressional District in central and southern New Mexico.

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Herrell is set to be sworn into office on Sunday, three days before House and Senate hold a joint session to certify the vote results.

Herrell’s Facebook post said millions of Americans feel the election “was not conducted with integrity and fairness” and that it’s her duty as a member of Congress “to ensure that legitimate concerns over the integrity of the presidential election are thoroughly heard and examined.”

Trump has attributed his defeat to widespread voter fraud, despite nonpartisan election officials and now-former U.S. Attorney General William Barr saying there wasn’t any.

Marg Elliston, chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, accused Herrell of spreading misinformation about the election, and putting her own beliefs over the will of the voters.

New Mexico went for Biden in the November’s presidential election which gave the Democratic nominee an Electoral College margin over 306 to 232 over Trump.

Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results, and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped. He’s also lost twice at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The group of House Republicans has said it plans to challenge the election results from Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. Biden won all those states.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., this week became the first GOP senator to announce he also will raise objections.

With objections in both chambers of Congress, that would force House and Senate votes that likely would delay but not alter the final certification of Biden’s win.