WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday there’s “no reason for alarm” as President Donald Trump, backed by Republicans in Congress, pursues legal challenges to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
Republicans are increasingly pointing to a December deadline as they give Trump time and space to exhaust his legal challenges. That’s when the states face a deadline to certify results and a Dec. 14 deadline for the Electoral College to cast its votes. It’s also about the time it took to resolve the 2000 election dispute between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.
“Until the Electoral College votes, anyone who is running for office can exhaust concerns,” McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill.
“It’s not unusual, should not be alarming. At some point here we’ll find out finally who was certified in each of these states. The Electoral College will determine the winner.”