Hours before polls opened in Georgia for the Senate-deciding runoff elections, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia) released a Twitter statement that said that she would vote to object to certifying the Electoral College results in the upcoming Senate session on January 6.

Loeffler joins now almost a dozen Republican senators and over 140 Republican House members who vow to object to the already-certified Electoral College results. Loeffler’s statement was quickly matched by Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) who is also on the ballot for the runoff elections tweeting a clip of an earlier interview. Perdue said on Fox News on January 3 that “there are huge irregularities in Georgia. They need to be investigated, and they need to be corrected, in my opinion.” Perdue did not specifically cite any election irregularities in his statement.

Loeffler said in her tweet that by opposing the certification, she hopes to give Americans “the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process.” Loeffler’s statement comes after three recounts in Georgia, all of which place President-elect Joe Biden approximately 12,000 votes ahead of Trump.

Her statement also follows Georgian elections officials’ debunking of conspiracy theories of election irregularities or fraud promoted by Trump.

Both Loeffler and Perdue avoided making public statements on their willingness to accept the presidential election results before now. The senators now stand in opposition to their own election officials who have confirmed that Georgia’s election was secure.

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