Several senior Republican senators on Monday named Joe Biden as president-elect. This happened after the Electoral College confirmed his victory. Senators also rejected the idea of canceling the 2020 presidential election results in Congress.
Senator John Thune said lawmakers have the right to challenge electoral votes. He also said it was “time to move on” and that once Biden “crosses the 270-vote threshold” in the Electoral College, he will be elected president.
Joe Biden crossed that threshold on Monday afternoon when California passed him 55 electoral votes.
Other Republican senators who publicly recognized Biden as president-elect on Monday included Lindsay Graham, Rob Portman, Roy Blunt and Shelley More Capito.
Thune added that any attempt to change the election result when Congress counts the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6 will receive little support. “This is a road to nowhere,” he told reporters.
Senator John Cornin, another veteran Republican, said he believed any such effort “would be a grave mistake” that would fail in the upper house of Congress controlled by his party.
“There comes a time when you must realize that despite your best efforts, you have failed, that is the nature of these choices. You have to have a winner and a loser, ”he said.
He said he expects a peaceful transfer of power by President Trump, who has so far refused to acknowledge election results and has filed dozens of lawsuits seeking to overturn election results in several states.
To prevent Congress from confirming the Electoral College votes on January 6, a majority of legislators in both houses of Congress must be approved on the same day.