Five GOP senators to watch next month’s election campaign battle

Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksGOP wants to avoid sloppy Trump battle over election college Name excludes Thune challenge after Trump criticizes Senator Trump on Thune: ‘He will in 2022’ (R-Ala.) Is looking for a Republican from the Senate to take part in his guaranteed bid to overturn the January 6 election results.

The battle emerges as a crossroads between the Senate’s IDP leadership and President TrumpDonald TrumpPos office named after senior Pearl Harbor veteran federal agents seeking residence in Antioch in connection with Sunday’s explosion in Nashville, preview shows: COVID-19 relief awaits Trump’s signature; government continues to expand vaccine.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump criticizes Senate Republicans ahead of election results, urging a ‘fight’ against Biden against Congress for more coronavirus relief COVID-19 could make Pelosi’s path to the speaker MORE difficult next year . (R-Ky.) Warns his caucus privately against objecting because it will force a loud voice that will not change the outcome, while Trump publicly endorsed the effort and met with a group of conservative firearms to plan strategy.

There is no chance that Republicans who support Trump will be able to block the results when Congress formally counts the election college’s votes on January 6, with the Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTrump criticizes Senate Republicans ahead of election results, insists a ‘fight’ Biden faces fighting with Congress for more coronavirus relief GOP wants to avoid sloppy Trump battle over electoral college MORE (RS.D.) who predicts it will go down “like a shot dog” in the upstairs room.

To contest the election results of a state, majorities in both chambers must vote to uphold the objection, something that has never happened before.

But Brooks only needs one GOP senator to assist him in forcing a debate and voting on any objection. If he succeeds, it would be the third time, according to the Congressional Research Service, that Congress has had to debate an objection since 1887.

Here are the five Republicans from the Senate to look into in the battle college.

Senator Tommy Tuberville (Ala.)

Tuberville will only join the Senate on January 3, but he is already suffering from headaches for leadership.

Tuberville – who closely linked himself to Trump while defeating the former attorney general Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP wants to avoid sloppy Trump fight over the Electoral College. Nicolle Wallace asks Chris Christie if he’s trying to clean up the Trump stink before 2024. Barr leaves conflicting legacy behind at DOJ MORE. in the primary and then unoccupied Democratic senator Doug Jones (Ala.) – is considered the GOP senator who is likely to join Brooks’ bid.

Tuberville suggested in a video posted online by progressive activist Lauren Windsor that he would challenge the results, saying: ‘You’ve read about it in the House. We’ll have to do it in the Senate. ”

Tuberville’s campaign manager also said he would consider “very seriously” objecting to the outcome of the election college next month.

Trump and his allies seized on Tuberville’s potential objection and placed him in a high political position.

Trump announced in a radio interview with his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani Washington Post identifies Powell’s secret witness as pro-Trump podcaster Powell, says White House assistants will not allow her to help Trump advocates take disciplinary action over election waves. that he spoke to Tuberville. And amid reports that Tuberville could help challenge the results, Trump weighed in on Twitter, calling him “a great champion and man of courage,” saying “more Republican senators should follow his lead.”

But he will likely face the efforts of Senate GOP leaders to dissuade him or at least read about what he thinks. A senior GOP senator has said they expect McConnell to call Tuberville.

‘I would hope he would not do that. I think it’s time … to move on, ”Thune said of Tuberville. ‘The fact of the matter is that there have been disputes over and over. … It’s time to get this over with. ‘

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerBiden at work with Senate Republicans: ‘I will never embarrass them in public’ GOP seeks to avoid a sloppy Trump battle over Ossoff election college, Warnock catches up with 0 million more (Ga.)

Loeffler, who was appointed to the Senate in 2020, is being scrutinized as a possible objector, as she is keeping a close eye on Trump in the January 5 by-elections in Georgia.

Loeffler, who does not speak to reporters in the Capitol, did not recognize the president-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden, brother of Biden adviser Ricchetti, who was hired as a lobbyist at Amazon Sunday, shows preview: COVID-19 relief awaits Trump’s signature; government continues to roll out vaccines Global COVID-19 cases surpass 80 million MORE‘s victory and refused to say whether she would object to the outcome of the Electoral College on 6 January.

At a recent stop on the campaign, Loeffler said, “There’s a lot to play for here in Georgia.”

“There are a lot of investigations going on right now. We’re in the courts to look into this, and we need to continue to let this process play out. My focus today is on January 5th. We have to win that election, ‘Loeffler added.

Loeffler is in a unique political position within the Republican caucus of the Senate. Unlike her colleagues, who are guaranteed to have political careers that last longer than Trump’s office in the White House, Loeffler’s political future is underway.

She needs Trump’s supporters to turn up in large numbers so she can win next month in Georgia, where she has spent the last two years of retirement. Johnny IsaksonJohnny Isakson With the Senate at stake, Georgia is on our minds. The fight in the Georgia Senate is a high stakes game, Collins insists voters will turn more in Georgia’s term. She and Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueBiden at work with the Republicans of the Senate: ‘I will never embarrass them in public. (R-Ga.), Who are re-electing a second term, have already cast their support behind lawsuits to challenge the way the state handles absentee ballots.

But unlike Loeffler, Perdue will lose his Senate seat until the results of the Georgia election are determined, taking him off the board for the fight against Electoral College.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard Paul Meghan McCain says a Merry Christmas to all but ‘healthy people under 65’ getting vaccinated in front of frontline workers Rick Scott, the staff waiting to get the COVID-19 vaccine. MORE (Ky.)

Paul is closely watched as a potential ally for Brooks and his Housemates.

The libertarian leaning Republican senator is one of Trump’s closest allies in the Senate, and unlike many of his GOP colleagues, he was willing to reflect the president’s allegations of election fraud, even if the court did so after the court of refused due to lack of evidence. .

“The fraud took place. The election has been stolen in many ways, and the only way it can be rectified is to strengthen the laws in the future, ‘Paul said during a Senate hearing this month with Christopher Krebs, the president’s former cyber security chief, said.

Election experts have dismissed claims of widespread fraud, as well as government officials, including a number of Republicans.

Paul is known for being a thorn in the side of the leader – he slowly followed a dual defense bill earlier this month, trying to throw sand in the procedural gears of a possible veto domination. He was not on the caucus where McConnell warned Republicans to object next month.

Asked about participating in the January 6 election campaign, Paul told reporters, “I did not think or plan to do anything about it.”

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump leaves Washington in a limbo with emergency relief Congress succeeds.3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal The Hill’s Morning Report – Congress finally reaches more aid agreement COVID-19 (Ma.)

Hawley faces divisive considerations: he has committed himself closely to Trump, and has committed himself to him in a battle over the renaming of the military bases nominated by the Confederates and the president being forced to make a second round of stimulus payments to support as part of a giant year-end coronavirus transaction.

But he is also seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2024 after shooting up the party ladder to the 2019 Senate. Hawley has been trying to build his own brand as a conservative populist, but he may also have to stick with the president now, who is flirting with his own bid from 2024 and maintaining a tight grip on the party’s base.

Hawley is not the only one in this category. Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant Cotton Coronavirus Trade Agreement Depends on Talks on Fed Borrows Congressional Vote Conflict with Trump Bill 2024 GOP Hopeful MORE (R-Ark.), Who is also considered close to Trump, also did not say whether he will contest the result on January 6. His spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Hawley has not yet said whether he will contest the election result when Congress counts the Electoral College next month and said late last week that he has not yet decided.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz The memorandum: can Pence run and win in 2024? George Clooney calls Trump a charismatic carnival barker ‘Barr leaves conflicting legacy at DOJ MORE (Texas)

Cruz, like Hawley and Cotton, a potential candidate in 2024, refused to challenge the January 6 election results.

Cruz, who came second in the 2020 GOP election, had a belligerent relationship with Trump during the 2016 election, including refusing to endorse Trump, despite speaking at the GOP Congress has.

But Cruz has cast his support behind Trump’s election battles, even as fellow GOP Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn Military survivors of child sexual abuse deserve more Biden faces fight with Congress for more coronavirus relief GOP tries to avoid a sloppy Trump battle over the electoral college. acknowledged Biden as the president-elect and said Congress had “no reason” to block the results.

Cruz urged the Supreme Court to address a Texas-led case and challenge Biden’s victory in four key states and accepted an offer from Trump to argue the case if the court accepted it – something he rejected and the president slaps a high profile.

Brooks briefed the Senate GOP Steering Committee, of which Cruz is a member, on his plan as he tried to win key supporters.

“There are still several lawsuits pending,” Cruz said Monday when asked if he would dispute the outcome next month. “We have to let the legal process play out.”