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Final Act in Trump’s Defeat Pits Republicans Against Republicans

  • Hawley, Cruz set to object as Trump urges Pence to intervene
  • Scott, Cotton say Congress shouldn’t overrule states’ results
Mike Pence is under pressure from the president to change the outcome of the election by rejecting Electoral College votes.
Mike Pence is under pressure from the president to change the outcome of the election by rejecting Electoral College votes.Photographer: Megan Varner/Getty Images
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Donald Trump’s months-long effort to toss out the election results and extend his presidency will meet its formal end this week, but not without exposing political rifts in the Republican Party that have pitted future contenders for the White House against one another.

Congress is expected to vote overwhelmingly against objections to certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, after several Senate Republicans said this week they wouldn’t join a small group of their colleagues set to challenge Electoral College votes from closely fought states Trump falsely claims he lost due to widespread fraud.