NEWS: Republican @SenToomey says @realDonaldTrump has “exhausted all plausible legal options” and tells him to “accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.” He congratulates “President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.”
Pat Toomey’s full statement telling the president that it’s over.
Toomey, it should be noted, is retiring. His party’s congressional leaders, including Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, are standing by Trump and have not recognized Biden as president-elect.

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21 Nov
NEW: Top Democrats are pushing President-elect Joe Biden to move quickly and aggressively with executive actions on causes ranging from climate action to relieving student debt to immigration.

Message: Don’t wait for Congress.…
Sen. @EdMarkey: “The president-elect, beginning on January 20, should act as aggressively as possible to reverse the effects of the four years of Donald Trump, and to ... make the United States the leader in fighting the climate crisis.”…
Democratic senators are warning Joe Biden not to count on Republican cooperation for his agenda. Some say he should expect McConnell to reuse the Obama-era “one term president”playbook on him.

"We've watched Mitch. He's ruthless," says Sen. @MazieHirono.…
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19 Nov
New: Republican senators are mostly standing by Trump as he refuses to concede defeat and pursues litigation. But there are growing signs that they see the writing on the wall… and inch toward acceptance.

w/ @GarrettHaake 👇…
America's democratic institutions face an extraordinary stress test in the middle of a crisis, but most GOP lawmakers are wary of contradicting a president who's in denial but has the power to turn voters against them.

Hence this slow, painful dance.…
Thom Tillis says Biden is "probably" the president-elect.

Pat Toomey doesn't think Trump has a "strong case" in PA.

Lindsey Graham is playing foot soldier for Trump while fist-bumping a congrats to vice president-elect Kamala Harris.…
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14 Nov
NEW from GA: Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are running as a unity ticket in the runoffs.

It’s a delicate dance not contradicting Trump’s refusal to concede. But subtext is clear: Biden will be president and Senate is the “firewall” to stop his agenda.…
The complication is that Loeffler and Perdue ran different campaigns until now. She ran as an Attila the Hun conservative (literally) in the hope of beating Doug Collins. He struck a more modest general election tone.

Some argue this is riskier for him.…
A revealing glimpse into David Perdue’s mindset for the Senate runoffs: “What we have to do is not persuade people. What we have to do is get the vote out,” he tells a crowd in Cumming, Ga.…
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13 Nov
NEW: With Trump defeated, Georgia Democrats aim to keep voters fired up for Senate control.

Party officials, labor leaders and activists are fighting complacency, registering new voters and dialing up warnings of McConnell keeping power.

From Atlanta 👇…
Democrats have an uphill climb — they need to flip both Senate seats to capture the chamber. And they haven’t done well in runoffs here, e.g. losing one by 15 points in ‘08.

Says @ReverendWarnock: “This is a very different state than 2008.”…
Georgia Democrats are running hard on Senate control, unlike their counterparts in other purple states who downplayed it. They say a D Senate is about giving Biden’s agenda a chance to succeed, and argue McConnell would seek to obstruct and induce failure.…
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8 Nov
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is up
Kamala Harris, in suffragette white: “While I may be the first woman in his office I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
Harris: “Now is when the real work begins. The good work, the hard work, the necessary work.” She mentions Covid, economy, systemic racism, combating climate change + “heal the soul of our nation.”

“The road ahead will not be easy, but America is ready. And so are Joe and I.”
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7 Nov
Front pages right now.
NEW: Statement by President-elect Joe Biden
No mention of Trump in Biden's statement claiming victory.
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