[Ed. – The Townhall article has 11 senators, but the number 12 has been circulating on social media since midday (on Saturday), which includes Josh Hawley, who committed independently to mounting a challenge. I’ve also seen a list that includes both senators from Oklahoma; i.e., Inhofe as well as Lankford. That list plus Hawley would make it 13. The count in the House was 140 on Friday. Reports have surfaced that it’s closer to 160 now, but I haven’t seen formal reporting on that.]
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is leading a coalition of Republican senators who plan to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential results. The group is calling for a “10-day audit” of the results after “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.”
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes,” the coalition said in a statement.
[T]here have been numerous instances where Democrats objected to the results of a presidential election. They did it in 1969 with Richard Nixon, again in 2001 and 2005 with George W. Bush and in 2017 with Donald Trump. In 1969 and 2005 a Democrat from both chambers of Congress forced a vote on whether to accept the Electoral College votes that were being challenged.