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Arizonans sound off ahead of Electoral College count

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 21:08:58-05

Many Republicans have yet to concede that Joe Biden "legitimately" won the 2020 election even as Congresses prepares to certify Electoral College votes Wednesday.

Arizonan Ben Zaharie traveled to Washington, D.C., this week. He will march with throngs of Donald Trump supporters Wednesday as Congress begins its official count.

"It’s up in the air," Zaharie said. "I don’t know nobody really knows what’s really going to happen. I just hope that they do the right thing."

The MAGA crowd is still exerting pressure, using disproven voter fraud claims, to try to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president. In a mid-December USA Today/Suffolk university poll, 78 percent of Republicans surveyed said Joe Biden was not legitimately elected as president.

"People are going crazy with this because they’re saying it’s a stolen election when everybody saying no it wasn’t stolen," said former Republican Richard Kelleher. Kelleher told ABC15 he decided to change political affiliation in November due to the ongoing battle to invalidate the election results.

Democrat Esther Duran Lumm, a longtime community activist, will also be watching Congress on Wednesday.

"I believe the majority of them will not disrupt the due process of our election system," Lumm said. "They know very well that Joe Biden won and that he deserves to be inaugurated on January 20."

Lumm blamed Republican members of Congress interested in "showmanship" for prolonging challenges to the vote tallies.