From Politico‘s Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett, filed at 3:27 pm Pacific: “Sen. Josh Hawley has pledged to challenge President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory in Pennsylvania and possibly other states on Jan. 6, when Congress is set to certify the results of the 2020 election.

“The Missouri Republican’s announcement guarantees that both chambers will be forced to debate the results of at least one state and vote on whether to accept Biden’s victory, a process that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had urged Republicans to avoid, despite pressure from President Donald Trump, who is urging Republicans to overturn the democratic results.

“Though Hawley’s challenge will have no bearing on the ultimate outcome of the election, it will delay the certification of Biden’s victory and force every member of the House and Senate on the record affirming Biden’s win. Hawley said Wednesday that other senators’ offices had reached out to express interest in a challenge but he’s not sure if any will join.

“‘I would think that there will be more but there may be not be,’ Hawley said.”