It’s extremely unlikely, given that the House is controlled by Democrats and that several Senate Republicans, including McConnell, have acknowledged Biden’s victory. McConnell asked his fellow Republican senators on the private call Dec. 15 not to join in any House objection.
Several other high-ranking Republicans agreed. The Senate’s No. 2 Republican, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, said earlier this month that if the Senate were forced to vote on a challenge “it would go down like a shot dog.” Thune said it didn’t make sense to put senators through a vote when “you know what the ultimate outcome is gonna be.”
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said any such effort by congressional Republicans would be “futile” and a mistake.
There was no widespread fraud in the election, as has been confirmed by a range of election officials and by William Barr, who stepped down as attorney general last week.
About the photo: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left, and Vice President Joe Biden walk through Statuary Hall on their way to a joint session of Congress to count the votes in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.