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Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy split on Wednesday vote to certify Biden victory

Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:15 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy will cast different votes Wednesday, Jan. 6 when Congress decides whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

Cassidy joined a bipartisan group of senators who say the election is over and will vote in Biden’s favor. Kennedy is joining some republicans who want a commission to review results in certain states and examine allegations of voter fraud.

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Election officials, including republicans like Louisiana’s Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, say there’s no evidence anyone cheated the vote. Courts have repeatedly struck down President Trump’s lawsuits based on unsubstantiated claims of fraud.

“The 2020 election is over,” Cassidy said in a joint statement. “All challenges through recounts and appeals have been exhausted. At this point, further attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election are contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans’ confidence in the already determined election results.”

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“Support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue,” Kennedy said in a joint statement. “A fair and credible audit-conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20-would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People.”

Political experts note that Cassidy began his second 6-year term Sunday after winning re-election in the fall. Kennedy will be on Louisiana ballots next year.

“John Kennedy knows that, by voting against Donald Trump, he would face the prospect of an angry electorate next year and he might face the prospect of an angry Donald Trump coming after him,” WAFB political analyst Jim Engster said. “Bill Cassidy has got very little to lose by being against Trump on this, which is an obvious course of action to take.”

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