After Mob Storms Capitol, Local Officials Split on Challenging Results of the Presidential Election

Rep. Greg Steube voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election, while Rep. Vern Buchanan voted to accept them.

By Cooper Levey-Baker January 7, 2021

Supporters of President Donald Trump climbing the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Late last night, Congress moved to officially certify the results of the 2020 presidential election after a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol, which resulted in the deaths of four people. Eight Republican senators and 139 Republican representatives voted against certifying some of the results from the election, including Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) and Rep. Greg Steube, a Republican who represents southern Sarasota County.

Steube voted to overturn the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, after previously pledging to also oppose certifying the votes from Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan. Scott voted to reject the results from the state of Pennsylvania.

Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican who represents northern Sarasota County and Manatee County, voted to certify the results of the election, despite issuing a statement in which he said that voters in his district "had good reason to be alarmed and concerned" about "voting procedures that were changed in several states."

No evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election has been found, despite dozens of lawsuits filed by President Donald Trump challenging the results and hoping to overturn Joe Biden's win. President-elect Biden won the state of Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes and the state of Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. He also won the national popular vote by more than 7 million votes.

The storming of the Capitol occurred while Congress was in session. Angry Trump supporters knocked over barricades, attacked police officers and rushed into congressional chambers and offices, chanting, "Stop the steal." The mob forced the evacuation of the Capitol and nearby buildings. One rioter from California was killed by a law enforcement officer while trying to climb through a broken window, according to The Daily Beast, and three others from Pennsylvania, Alabama and Georgia died from medical emergencies, according to the Associated Press.

The attack on the Capitol followed a rally featuring Trump that was held nearby. A number of people from the Sarasota area were on hand for the rally, including Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler and former Sarasota City Commission candidate Martin Hyde. One of the looters, who was captured in an already-notorious photo while carrying the lectern of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was identified by the Bradenton Herald as a man from Parrish.

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