Tennessee senators pledge to oppose certification of Biden victory

Updated: Jan. 3, 2021 at 5:27 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Members of the 117th Congress were sworn in on Sunday. Most of the faces are the same.

But some are new, like Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty.

WMC Political Analyst Michael Nelson says there’s no doubt where Hagerty stands on the issues.

“He will almost certainly line up with the most conservative wing of the Republican party. That’s how he campaigned,” said Nelson.

Hagerty replaced former Sen. Lamar Alexander, who retired.

Hagerty is Tennessee’s junior senator.

The state’s senior senator is now Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

Both Tennessee senators announced they would join some of their Republican colleagues to oppose the results of the presidential election when Congress meets this week to certify those results, which is usually a ceremonial event.

“Nearly a dozen Republican senators have said they intend to challenge the results in a half dozen states that President Trump insists he carried, even though he didn’t,” said Nelson.

In a joint statement with their colleagues, Blackburn and Hagerty said, “By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”

The senators are demanding a commission be formed by Congress to audit the election.

But neither Tennessee senator nor President Trump has presented any evidence of widespread election fraud.

Courts across the country have also dismissed dozens of lawsuits alleging electoral fraud.

“They have lined themselves up with President Trump honestly against all the tradition, all the law, all the facts in this case. But they intend to go forward,” said Nelson. “It will end up with Biden being elected. It will just take longer.”

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take office on Jan. 20.

Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith began serving her first full term on Sunday.

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