TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After protesters stormed the Capitol and disrupted Wednesday’s proceedings, both of Florida’s Republican senators voted to uphold the electoral votes in Arizona but were split on Pennsylvania’s results.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio voted against an objection filed in Pennsylvania. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott voted in favor of it, as he said he “likely” would early Wednesday before the insurrection broke out.
Scott, in a statement issued an hour before the joint session of Congress began at 1 p.m., said he would “listen to any and all objectives that are raised. I will pay careful attention to the evidence and arguments presented by both sides... Pennsylvania is of particular concern to me, and I will likely vote to sustain the objection to their slate of electors.”
Read my statement ahead of today’s Electoral College proceedings: pic.twitter.com/MDf5dEg8ED— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 6, 2021
In a speech on the Senate floor late Wednesday, Rubio said he understood why those on his side of the political aisle are upset and distrust the election results.
The senators’ and representatives’ choices won’t affect who becomes president on Jan. 20. Biden won 306 electoral votes (270 are needed to win), the same number Trump got in 2016 and called a “massive landslide.”
Before the storming of the Capitol, a large number of Republican representatives and senators said they would challenge the results from several states Trump lost.
They, and the president, have raised many allegations of voter fraud, none of which have been proven and many of which have emanated from the most conspiratorial reaches of the internet.
Trump hasn't accepted the results; however, on Thursday said he would leave the office peacefully.