July 29, 2021

GOP congressman who eked out victory in Biden district will join Electoral College objectors

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.) became the latest congressional Republican to announce he’ll object to the Electoral College certification on Wednesday. Garcia said that while he’s a “federalist, I do believe there is enough evidence of compromised processes and break downs in election integrity by certain state legislatures that do in fact warrant a closer examination.”

At first glance, Garcia’s decision to join his colleagues in challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory isn’t particularly noteworthy. There are more than 140 House Republicans who are on board, as well as a dozen known senators who plan on supporting them. But Garcia doesn’t appear to fit the mold of a lawmaker attempting to satisfy a voter base “in deep red districts” calling for their representatives to do something about unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. Instead, Garcia narrowly eked out a narrow November victory in a district that Biden won by around 10 percent.

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