When Congress votes on Wednesday to certify the election results of the presidential election, Tennessee will be in a unique position: Both U.S. senators will be voting to overturn the results. Republicans Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty have pledged to fight the certification process.
Before the pandemic started, it was clear that Tennesseans were divided politically. But a new Vanderbilt Poll shows the partisan divide is deeper than ever before, especially over questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and the results of the 2020 election.
Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes have been cast for President Donald Trump, but despite a Supreme Court ruling over the weekend, Gov. Bill Lee says he wants to wait until the Electoral Collage results have been formalized to recognize Joe Biden as president-elect.
Electors all across the country will be casting the votes Monday that should certify Joe Biden as the next president. This process will likely draw protests at many statehouses, but the procedure in Tennessee is expected to be controversy-free.
As President Trump refuses to concede, many in the Republican Party have defended his decision, saying he has the right to ask for recounts. And they point at the 2000 presidential election as an example of the process being normal.
Like many other Republicans across the country, Gov. Bill Lee is not recognizing Joe Biden as the president-elect. At least for now. Talking to reporters Monday, Lee said there are some processes that have not concluded, like recounts in some states and legal challenges.
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The future of the third presidential debate, hosted by Belmont University in Nashville later this month, is uncertain after the decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates to switch the second debate to a virtual format. But university officials are still hopeful it will work out.
The results of the March primary will be pivotal for those seeking the Democratic nomination, especially for the former New York mayor.