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Titus to lead House rebuttal if Nevada election results contested

Humberto Sanchez
Humberto Sanchez
The U.S. Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tasked Rep. Dina Titus with coordinating the House defense of Nevada’s electors should there be a challenge Wednesday from Republicans who have threatened to object to the election results in up to seven states, including Nevada. 

“Speaker Pelosi has asked Congresswoman Titus to organize the Nevada delegation's response,” said Titus’ spokesman Kevin Gerson when asked about what to expect. “The delegation will be prepared.”

President Donald Trump has claimed without evidence that there was voter fraud in Nevada and other states that he lost. But his campaign has lost every meaningful lawsuit. Nevertheless, a group of House and Senate Republicans—looking to win favor with Trump voters needed to fend off primary challenges, or seek higher office, even the presidency— are expected to make a stand during the typically ceremonial counting of the Electoral College votes. Their efforts are not expected to change the overall election results. 

After a presidential election, the House and Senate meet in a joint session to tally the results of the election in each state. The results are read aloud and if a member of the House and Senate object, the House and Senate must separately vote to accept the results or not.

So far, only Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania have at least one senator and House member who have publicly said they intend to object to the election results in those states Wednesday. Nevada was targeted by a group of House Republicans for objection. But no senator has publicly committed to joining the group to force a vote on the Silver State’s election results in each chamber.

“If a Member of the House and Senate objects to counting Nevada's electoral votes (as would be required to initiate debate), Congresswoman Titus plans to speak on the floor in favor of counting Nevada's electoral votes and protecting our democracy,” Gerson continued.

Titus is the longest-serving member of the state’s congressional delegation and is close to the speaker. 

Democratic Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford are also expected to speak if an objection is lodged.

While Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Sen. Jacky Rosen would presumably defend the electors in the Senate debate, their spokespersons declined to confirm or discuss any preparation.

The office for Rep. Mark Amodei, the state’s only congressional Republican, also declined to comment on the matter other than to say he has “a press plan” for Wednesday.


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