Just in from NBC News: "GOP senators inch toward acceptance of Trump defeat”
Not all of them, however
From the NBC article:
President Donald Trump's refusal to concede electoral defeat has Republican Senate allies slowly inching toward acceptance that Joe Biden will be the next president.
These lawmakers are vacillating between loyalty to a president with the power to turn GOP voters against them and their duty to protect guardrails of democracy that are facing a stress test in the middle of an economic and public health crisis.
However, that “inching” doesn’t apply to all GOP senators. From Hoppy Kecheval at WV Metro News earlier today:
Capito, Justice Not Yet Ready to Accept Outcome of Presidential Race
West Virginia’s top two Republicans have yet to acknowledge that Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito has been mum, while Governor Jim Justice has continued to express support for President Trump and to call for patience while challenges to some of the results are being sorted out.
Obviously neither Capito nor Justice is under any obligation to congratulate Biden or even publicly accept the outcome of the election. If Justice and Capito are too quick to accept Biden, they risk alienating tens of thousands of West Virginia voters who are deeply disappointed by the outcome.
Yes, and it might affect her chances for reelection in 2026! Not mentioned by Kercheval, however, is the possibility that Capito actually believes that Trump may yet win. So . . . . just in case:
NEW: Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Chairwoman Shelley Moore Capito told CQ Roll Call she believes the $2 billion for border wall construction should stay in the fiscal 2021 spending bill.— Roll Call (@rollcall) November 18, 2020