Mike Braun, Kelly Loeffler, others now say they won’t object to Joe Biden victory certification

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Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) speaks during a television interview in Senate Russell Office Building on October 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Multiple Republican senators have reversed course and now say they won’t object to congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, including Mike Braun of Indiana.

Their change of heart came after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier Wednesday and interrupted their proceedings. One person was fatally shot.

Sens. Steve Daines of Montana, Braun and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia all said in light of the violence they would stand down from planned objections to Biden’s win.

Lawmakers gathered to certify the Electoral College votes from each state were forced to evacuate after an angry mob of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol. Loeffler said that the “violence, the lawlessness, and siege of the halls of Congress” were a “direct attack” on the “sanctity of the American democratic process.”

All three had previously signed on to Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud to explain his defeat. Loeffler has just days left in her term. She lost her Senate race to Democrat Raphael Warnock earlier Wednesday.

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