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Portman won’t challenge election results in Congress

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 1:13 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - One Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Ohio won’t challenge the formal count of the Electoral College presidential votes on Wednesday.

“The Constitution created a system for electing the President through the Electoral College that ensures the people and the states hold the power, not Congress,” Sen. Rob Portman said. “I cannot support allowing Congress to thwart the will of the voters.”

A number of Republican lawmakers have said they will challenge the results that elected Joe Biden as president over incumbent Donald Trump.

In a statement released Monday, Portman says while he campaigned and voted for President Trump and was disappointed in the election results, he will not challenge the results.

“Following the election, I supported the Trump campaign’s right to pursue recounts and legal challenges. There were instances of fraud and irregularities, as there are in every presidential election, and those who engaged in that conduct should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Portman’s statement reads. “But after two months of recounts and legal challenges, not a single state recount changed a result and, of the dozens of lawsuits filed, not one found evidence of fraud or irregularities widespread enough to change the result of the election.

“This was the finding of numerous Republican-appointed judges and the Trump Administration’s own Department of Justice. Every state has now weighed in and certified its electoral slate based on its vote and the process set out in the Constitution.”

Read Portman’s full statement here:

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