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Minnesota Republicans mum on objecting to Wednesday’s Electoral College results

By: - January 4, 2021 2:56 pm
President Donald Trump and Pete Stauber, then a Republican candiate for the US House

Rep. Pete Stauber, Republican from the 8th Congressional District, seen here with President Donald Trump in 2018. Rep. Tom Emmer is pictured behind Stauber. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Some 140 House Republicans are expected to object Wednesday to Electoral College results showing Joe Biden won the presidential election. 

Thus far, Minnesota’s GOP House members are staying mum on the subject.

Congress officially counts Electoral College votes on Wednesday, a date many view as Trump’s last chance to try to change the outcome. Biden beat Trump by 306 to 232 electoral votes, but Trump has continued to allege voter fraud, most recently and prominently in a Saturday phone call to Georgia’s Republican secretary of state in which he implied legal action unless the official overturns the results. In dozens of lawsuits around the country, the claims of fraud have been dismissed, and voting machine companies have threatened to sue media companies for libel after they aired Trump’s baseless claims. 

The Minnesota Reformer reached out to all four of the state’s Republicans in Congress — U.S. Reps. Jim Hagedorn, Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Michelle Fischbach — but as of Monday afternoon, none had responded to a request for comment. 

The four have refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory or dispute Trump’s baseless claims.

Last month, Emmer, Stauber and Hagedorn were among more than 100 House Republicans who supported a last-ditch, failed effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election results in four swing states that went for Biden.

At the time, Emmer wouldn’t say if he’d challenge the Electoral College tally and in mid-December was still refusing to call Biden the president-elect. He did say, however, that Wednesday’s count would mark “the end of the line” and he would attend the inauguration.

Fischbach has also repeated Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen, telling FOX News on Nov. 6 she believes Trump won and Democrats were “just finding votes at this point.” In fact, votes were not “found”; they were still being counted.

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Deena Winter
Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.

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