Bipartisan group of senators urges Biden’s win be certified

Sen. Susan Collins, in parka with U.S. flag in the background, speaks into a microphone at an outdoor appearance.
Sen. Susan Collins, shown in Bangor on Nov. 4, is among Republicans calling on Congress to certify Joe Biden’s win.
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A bipartisan group of 10 senators has issued a statement calling for Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

The senators, including four Republicans, said in the statement on Sunday that efforts by some Republicans to overturn the results in favor of President Trump were “contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans’ confidence in the already determined election results.”

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Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mitt Romney of Utah signed on to the statement, which said “it is time to move forward.”

A separate group of Senate Republicans, led by Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, say they plan to object to the election results when Congress meets on Wednesday to tally Biden’s 306-232 electoral college victory over Trump.

The objections will force votes in both the House and Senate, but none are expected to prevail.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans not to object. And several other GOP senators have criticized the efforts, splitting the party as the new Congress begins. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that the objections were “bad for the country and bad for the party.”

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called the effort a “dodge” that didn’t go far enough in helping President Trump.


Graham said in a statement Sunday that Cruz had a “high bar” to show there was evidence of problems with the election. The South Carolina senator also said Cruz’s proposal had “zero chance of becoming reality.”

Graham, a top Trump ally, said the approach was “not effectively fighting for President Trump. It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy.”