During their first day back in session, Pennsylvania Senate Republicans refused to acknowledge and seat a Democratic state senator who is facing a contested election over his small margin of victory.
Republicans and Democrats began to have a yelling match Tuesday after Republicans refused to allow Democratic Pennsylvania State Sen. Jim Brewster from Allegheny County after his win was certified by the state but is being contested by his opponent, CBS Pittsburgh reported.
#BREAKING NEWS: The Pennsylvania Senate dissolved into chaos after the Republican majority refused to seat Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, whose election was certified but is being contested by his challenger. https://t.co/DFn3MpQ6uL
— KDKA (@KDKA) January 5, 2021
Republicans hold a majority in the Pennsylvania state Senate, occupying 28 of 50 seats, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
Brewster’s Republican opponent, Nicole Ziccarelli, is contesting the results of the election, which led to a victory for Brewster by just 69 votes. Ziccarelli is contesting the results, and if successfully overturned it would make her the winner by 24 votes. (RELATED: Republican Candidate For State Legislature Dead From COVID-19 Wins Election)
Republican senators have not indicated how long the review process of Ziccarelli’s election challenge might take before they take a vote on it, or even how long they are willing to leave the seat vacant, CBS Pittsburgh reported.
The election of every other state Senate race, besides Brewster’s, was recognized.