Five Republican House members from South Carolina voted in the dead of night early Thursday to object to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, hours after a mob of pro-Trump supporters broke into the chambers where the members later gathered to vote.
The five members from South Carolina’s delegation who voted to contest the certification of Electoral College results were:
- U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan
- U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman
- U.S. Rep. Tom Rice
- U.S. Rep. William Timmons
- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson
In all, at 3:08 a.m. Thursday morning, 282 members voted against the objection and 138 members voted in favor of the objection.
U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace — fresh off a narrow victory in the moderate, Charleston-anchored 1st District — was the only House Republican from South Carolina vote down the objections.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat who represents parts of Charleston and the Midlands, also voted against the election protest.
Neither of South Carolina’s United States senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, joined the objections. Graham, who was among Trump’s most strident defenders during the election, said in a speech late Wednesday, “Count me out. Enough is enough.”
D.C. police reported 13 people were arrested after the pro-Trump mob stormed into the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. One woman was reportedly shot by a Capitol police officer and later died as the group marched through the building. Three others died in “medical emergencies,” according to media reports.
The FBI is seeking information from the public related to the violence at the Capitol.
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