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Protesters gathered at statehouses across the nation, as U.S. Capitol building was breached

Protesters arrived at state Capitols on Wednesday to protest the electoral college certification

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Updated: January 7, 2021 - 8:18am

Protesters gathered outside several statehouses across the United States on Wednesday to rally in support of President Trump as Congress moved to certify the results of the electoral college in favor of Joe Biden and demonstrators in Washington, D.C. stormed the Capitol building.

Hundreds of people gathered in states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wisconsin – waving signs and chanting "Stop the steal." The majority of the protests were small, though a handful of arrests were reported.

The New Mexico statehouse was evacuated after supporters arrived in vehicles and on horseback. Demonstrators sang "God Bless America" and honked their horns. Democrat Joe Biden won the vote in New Mexico by a margin of more than 10%. 

In Georgia, the secretary of state and his staff evacuated their capitol offices as about 100 protestors gathered outside the building – some armed with long guns. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he and his staff did not want to "be a spark" on Wednesday. 

Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp said he will extend an executive order from over the summer that activates the National Guard if and when protests get out of hand. 

The governors of Utah and Washington were taken into safe locations at protestors neared their official residences. 

At some of the larger protests, cheers erupted when news was reported that protesters in Washington, D.C., had breached the Capitol building to object to the congressional certification of the electoral slate.

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