Loeffler reverses course, says she will vote to confirm Biden’s electoral college win
By Paulina Firozi and Mike DeBonis
Outgoing Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) reversed course on her planned objection to President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college win after the Senate on Wednesday evening resumed the process of affirming the results of the presidential race.
She cited the scene in Washington, as a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
“When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes,” Loeffler said. “However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider. And I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors.”
Loeffler received applause from colleagues after yielding the floor.
Gabriel Sterling, a fellow Republican and top elections official — as well as an outspoken critic of President Trump’s attacks on the voting process — shared his gratitude on Twitter.
“Thank you Senator Loeffler,” he wrote. “You have done the right thing.”
Hannah Knowles contributed to this report.