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Sen. Hyde-Smith joined 5 Senate Republicans in favor of rejecting Arizona’s electoral votes

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., arrives as Senate Republicans hold leadership elections, on...
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., arrives as Senate Republicans hold leadership elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(J. Scott Applewhite | AP)
Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 9:45 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith voted in favor of rejecting Arizona’s electoral votes Wednesday evening.

President Trump had previously challenged the election results in Arizona, a state he lost in the 2020 election by nearly 10,000 votes. The state carries 11 electoral votes which all went to President-elect Joe Biden.

Hyde-Smith released a statements moments after her vote on the Senate floor, writing, “I, along with my constituents, are alarmed with the erosion of integrity of the electoral process.

“The people I represent do not believe the presidential election was constitutional and cannot accept the Electoral College decision; therefore, I cannot in good conscience support certification.”

Senator Roger Wicker joined 92 other United States senators who voted “no” on challenging Arizona’s election results.

Only 6 Republicans voted to block the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes for Biden.

They were: Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. John Kennedy, Sen. Roger Marshall, Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Read Hyde-Smith’s entire statement below:

“The American democratic process is working despite the unacceptable violence and destruction at the U.S. Capitol today. The mobs will not stop the Senate from fulfilling its constitutional duty.

“I promised to represent the people of Mississippi and the certification process gives me an opportunity to use my vote to voice their concerns. I have followed the proceedings after the 2020 presidential election and heard from many Mississippians who are troubled by the conduct of the election in various states and the eventual outcome.

“I, along with my constituents, are alarmed with the erosion of integrity of the electoral process. The people I represent do not believe the presidential election was constitutional and cannot accept the Electoral College decision; therefore, I cannot in good conscience support certification.

“I firmly believe in our Constitution, the rule of law, and the importance of full faith in the integrity of our elections. We, as a nation, must do everything we can to protect and restore confidence in the electoral process.”

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