These are the Florida Republicans who tried to overturn the 2020 election

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By Giselle Balido

January 5, 2024

All of the Florida lawmakers that voted to overturn Trump’s election loss are up for re-election in 2024. 

It’s been three years since a heavily armed mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump launched a deadly attack on the US Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. 

The violence came as no surprise to those who had been observing the pulse of the public. The events of Jan. 6 came after two months of Trump spreading lies and unfounded claims that the November presidential election had been stolen, and the weeks leading up to that day were filled with threats of violence by Trump’s supporters. There were extensive postings on social media calling for and planning for the violence that occurred that day and that left five dead and hundreds injured.

The attack failed in its effort to prevent Biden from taking office, but just hours later, 147 Republicans lawmakers in the US House and Senate voted to overturn Trump’s election loss. This included 13 Florida lawmakers—many of whom spread lies and misinformation about the election and all of whom are up for re-election in 2024. 

Rep. Daniel Webster

The 74-year-old representative for Florida’s 11th congressional district spread disinformation through social media and voted against certifying election results on Jan. 6

At the time, he said that members of Congress “have no express authority or ability to independently prove the many allegations of fraud,” but many are “convinced the election laws in certain states were changed in an unconstitutional manner,” Webster said in a statement outlining his objection. 

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Webster has served since Jan 3, 2017. He is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. 

Rep. Kat Cammack

After the presidential election results were announced, Rep. Kat Cammack, who is serving her second term representing Florida’s 3rd congressional district, told her supporters that the country needed to be “saved.” 

She also called for patriots to “hold the line,” because not all of the votes had been counted yet and, while providing no proof, claimed that there were irregularities in the election. 

Rep. Cammack also wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “We must do everything in our power to fight for all Americans’ right to a fair and free election” on the morning of Jan. 6. 

“Given my constitutional duty and the fact that thousands of sworn affidavits detailing specific election irregularities remain unresolved, I will object to the electoral college certification process on Jan. 6,” Cammack said in a statement before the vote.

She also did not vote in support of the bipartisan commission proposal to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Cammack declared candidacy for the Republican primary scheduled on August 20, 2024.

Rep. Byron Donalds

The representative for the state’s 19th congressional district spread doubts about the validity of the election’s outcome even before the results were called.

“It is critical that we have the resources to fight back against the Left’s attempt to overthrow election integrity,” he wrote on X, and pleaded for contributions to Trump’s legal fund. 

Rep. Donalds also voted against certifying the Electoral College results, claiming that Pennsylvania and Arizona’s electoral vote “would not have changed the outcome of the Electoral College count.” 

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He did not vote in support of the bipartisan commission proposal to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection and called Trump’s impeachment for his role in the mutiny, “a waste of time.”

Donalds is up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. 

Sen. Rick Scott

“The situation in Pennsylvania is of particular concern to me, and I will likely vote to sustain the objection to their slate of electors,” the junior United States senator from Florida since 2019 said in a Jan. 6 statement.

A strong Trump ally for years, Scott voted against the certification of Pennsylvania’s electoral slate on Jan. 6, and has consistently defended that vote.

He has since tried to make his position appear more moderate, saying in Newsweek: “My vote objecting to Pennsylvania’s process wasn’t about the 2020 election. My vote was about elections to come, in 2022, 2024 and beyond, and seeing that they are conducted fairly.”

Accountability for rioters

More than 1,200 people have been charged with federal crimes arising from the attack on the Capitol, with a significant number of participants linked to far-right extremist groups including the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, a far-right, neo-fascist militant organization that promotes and engages in political violence.

One of the most prominent was Enrique Tarrio, the leader of Proud Boys, pleaded for leniency before the judge imposed a prison term. But noting that Tarrio had not shown public remorse for his crimes, the judge sentenced him to 22 years in prison for orchestrating the failed plot to keep Donald Trump in power. 

DeSantis backpedals

Given Trump’s continued popularity among the Republican party’s base, some GOP candidates who hope to defeat Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination are walking a fine line between acknowledging his 2020 electoral defeat and pleasing their base, 69% of which don’t consider President Biden to be the legitimate winner of the 2020 election, according to a 2023 CBS News/YouGov poll.

In an attempt to appeal to a wider base of voters, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once a staunch Trump supporter, has publicly rejected Trump’s claim that he was the true winner of the 2020 presidential election.  

“Whoever puts their hand on the Bible on Jan. 20 every four years is the winner,” DeSantis told NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns in August of last year. “He lost. Joe Biden’s the president.”

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  • Giselle Balido

    Giselle is Floricua's political correspondent. She writes about the economy, environmental and social justice, and all things Latino. A published author, Giselle was born in Havana and grew up in New Jersey and Miami. She is passionate about equality, books, and cats.

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