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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence signaled support on Saturday for a futile Republican bid to overturn the election in Congress this week, after 11 Republican senators and senators-elect said that they would vote to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s victory when the House of Representatives and Senate meet to formally certify it.

The announcement by the senators — and Pence’s move to endorse it — reflected a groundswell among Republicans to defy the unambiguous results of the U.S. election and indulge President Donald Trump’s attempts to remain in power with false claims of voting fraud.

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