6 POPs in Pennsylvania deny signing a letter asking Congress to discuss election results


Several POPsylvania GOP lawmakers said their signatures were erroneously added to a letter demanding that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory be discussed in Congress.

The Pennsylvania State House and Senate had 75 Republican signatures in a letter sent to the state congressional delegation on Friday demanding a dispute over Biden’s victory when the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate meet in a joint meeting to finalize the results early next. month.

However, a “spelling mistake” led to the signature of at least six GOP legislators without their permission. The signatures of state representatives Chris Quinn, Todd Polinchock, Megan Schroeder, Wendi Thomas, KC Tomlinson and Tom Mehaffie are all incorrectly included in the letter, according to Stephen Caruso, a Pennsylvania Capital-Star reporter.

“We learned that I mistakenly put my name on a letter,” Quinn confirmed Newsweek. “All I can say is that a typo occurred in Harrisburg. They were wrong and the letter has been dragged on ever since.”

The letter is an attempt by several Pennsylvania Republicans to overthrow President Donald Trump’s election loss. The state’s GOP leadership recently rejected proposals that, despite Biden’s victory, voters loyal to Trump could appoint their own constituents, pointing out that such a move is prohibited by state law.

Some GOP Pennsylvania lawmakers dispute Trump’s loss
The Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex is pictured in this photo, taken on October 14, 2011 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Other attempts to challenge the outcome of the election, without providing any reasonable way to overthrow the outcome, have failed in Pennsylvania. Of the GOP’s 137 legislators, only 49 signed non-binding resolutions challenging Biden’s victory last month, while a petition calling for a special session of the state legislature failed when only 32 Republicans signed.

Biden won the state of Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes, and his victory was confirmed by state officials on Nov. 24. In 2016, Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with 44,292 votes. While the president and some of his allies continue to push for unsubstantiated claims that Biden’s victory was based on massive voter fraud, repeated legal challenges and attempts to overthrow the results have so far failed in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

The election could be challenged in Congress at the joint session on January 6, during which the results of the Electoral College will be verified, although the outcome is unlikely to change. Individual challenges should be signed by both the House member and the Senate, which can easily happen in light of the current political climate. However, it would be high order for any challenge to succeed, as the majority of both chambers would have to vote in favor of the challenge to stand up.

The Democrat-controlled House is unlikely to withstand challenges that attempt to overthrow the election results. If the House and the Senate, controlled by Republicans, do not agree on a particular challenge, the governor of the state in question may have the final say. This is unlikely to happen, as several GOP senators have already acknowledged Biden’s victory and have not expressed a desire to overthrow a relatively decisive Biden victory.

With 270 of the electoral colleges required to win the presidency, Biden received 306 votes for Trump’s 232, the same difference as Trump’s in 2016 over Clinton. Trump described his victory as a “huge landslide victory,” despite losing the national referendum by 2.9 million. . Biden won more than 7 million more votes than Trump in this election and won more than 81.2 million votes, the – by far – the highest number of all presidential candidates in U.S. history.