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Arizona certifies Joe Biden's victory and Mark Kelly will take workplace within the Senate

Arizona certified Joe Biden, cutting the majority in the Republican Senate as Mark Kelly took office.

Arizona confirmed Biden's victory:

JUST IN: Arizona confirms its 2020 election results, with President-elect Biden winning the state's electoral votes.

– NBC News (@NBCNews) November 30, 2020

Jaime Dupree noted that this also means Senator-elect Mark Kelly can now take office:

Election results are expected to be confirmed in Arizona today, meaning Mark Kelly (D) will replace Martha McSally (R) in the Senate this week. This will reduce the GOP benefit to 52-48 until the new session starts on January 3rd.

– Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 30, 2020

This is a double blow for Republicans as Trump's options to stay in office are zero and Mitch McConnell's ability to do anything is in the hands of Sens. Romney, Murkowski and Collins until January 3, 2021.

Trump basically has no options to contest the election. He's hoping to ditch results in places like Georgia, Michigan and Arizona, getting him close enough that the Supreme Court will overturn the Biden win in Pennsylvania.

None of this will happen. Legislators in Michigan and Pennsylvania have refused to participate in his coup. Trump cannot find an argument to take to the Supreme Court. The results in Arizona and Georgia have already been certified, and for Trump, it's game over.

The Senate could get interesting in the Lame Duck session, and if the Democrats do well in the Georgia runoff, these next few weeks could be the final days of Mitch McConnell's tenure as Senate majority leader.

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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.

Awards and professional memberships

Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association

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