Rep. Rice objects to certifying Electoral College votes in Arizona, Pennsylvania

Rep. Rice objects to certifying Electoral College votes in Arizona, Pennsylvania
Tom Rice won re-election in November. (Source: Patrick Lloyd WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Rep. Tom Rice objected to certifying Electoral College votes in two states after violent riots rocked the U.S. Capitol.

Rice was among five members of South Carolina’s U.S. House delegation to object to certifying votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, roll call votes show.

WMBF News has reached out to Rice’s office for comment.

The objections, however, proved moot.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the original certification submitted by Arizona and Pennsylvania would stand, as the House and Senate failed to sustain the objection brought forth in both states.

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Tim Scott both voted against sustaining the objection in the Senate.

The votes came after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

“Capitol Police evacuated us from the Capitol Building. DC is in chaos. This will accomplish nothing,” Rice said during the riots. “Where is the President!? He must ask people to disperse and restore calm now.”

Four people were killed and dozens were arrested during the riots.

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