Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has long been a close ally of President Trump, running five-figure ads attacking Joe Biden in battleground states and penning an op-ed backing Trump’s idea of deploying the military to quell protests. When Trump lost to Biden in November, Cotton said the president had “every right to pursue legal remedies and recounts.”

But on Sunday night, Cotton said he won’t join a dozen other Republican senators in challenging Trump’s loss. The coalition, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), plans to object Wednesday when Congress meets to certify President-elect Biden’s electoral college victory.

Cotton said on Sunday that plan oversteps Congress’s largely ceremonial role, and warned that if the GOP prevailed, it “would essentially end presidential elections and place that power in the hands of whichever party controls Congress.”

“The Founders entrusted our elections chiefly to the states — not Congress,” Cotton said in a news release. “They entrusted the election of our president to the people, acting through the Electoral College — not Congress. And they entrusted the adjudication of election disputes to the courts — not Congress.”

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