Sen. Steve Daines changes course and will certify election results

By: - January 6, 2021 6:17 pm

Montana Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, speaks during a signing ceremony for the Great American Outdoors Act in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. The new public lands law aims to fix crumbling national park infrastructure and permanently fund The Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Sen. Steve Daines has changed course and announced that he will vote to certify the presidential election results, while Rep. Matt Rosendale announced he will continue to object the results.

Daines’ decision comes after a pro-Trump mob swarmed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in an attempt to obstruct congress from certifying the election results.

“We will not let today’s violence deter Congress from certifying the election. We must restore confidence in our electoral process. We must, and we will, have a peaceful transition of power,” Daines said in a statement about why he will vote to certify the results.

Prior to Wednesday both Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale said that they would not vote to certify the election results and called for a 10-day audit of election returns, citing unfounded claims of voter fraud and irregularities as their reasoning. 

In a statement, Rosendale called today a “terrible day” and condemned he violence at the capitol. But said, “I will not be intimated by mob violence from the left or the right. I will oppose certification of electors from certain disputed states.”

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Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .