PHOENIX — What has been largely a ceremonial event, certifying the winner of the presidential election, has drawn the attention of the world.
Fears of riots and bloodshed and talk of martial law precede Wednesday's certification vote in Congress. Joe Biden is expected to be officially announced as the winner of the 2020 election; but it won't come without a fight and Arizona will be right in the middle of it.
Streets are closed and businesses are boarded up as Washington D.C. prepares for thousands of protesters. "I am very concerned there's so many people descending on Washington and they're very angry," said Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko.
Arizona's electoral vote is expected to be the first challenged during a joint session of Congress Wednesday. Arizona Congressmen Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are expected to formally object to the certification of electors from Arizona.
Congresswoman Lesko says she's made no decision whether she will support any objection to any state's electoral votes. "I took an oath of office to uphold the constitution and so I feel the need to really read up on this and listen to the debate before I make any decision," Lesko said.
Congresswoman Lesko says her biggest challenge is fighting misinformation.
The congresswoman emailed and tweeted out links to constituents so they can have a better understanding of what will happen Wednesday. More importantly, she's lowering expectations.
"They really believe that tomorrow there's going to be some huge decision made and the reality is it's possible but not probable."
The congresswoman knows Democrats in both chambers are expected to vote for Biden and in the Senate so are most of the Republicans.