U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate Republican Conference meeting in the Mansfield Room in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on December 1, 2020.
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According to a poll published by the Washington Post on Saturday, only 27 GOP lawmakers in Congress confirm Democrat Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
Of all Republicans in Congress, roughly 88% – or 220 lawmakers – wouldn't say who won the election, and two lawmakers said Trump won, according to the poll. The results come almost a month after NBC News forecast Biden as the winner.
Regardless of the results, according to NBC News, Biden will win the White House by 306 votes, turning the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona over. Trump campaign lawyers, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have tried to overturn Biden's victory by filing lawsuits in a number of key swing states, though most of them have been denied.
After weeks of delay, Emily Murphy, director of general services administration, announced Biden's team on Nov. 23 that the Trump administration was making federal funds available for his inauguration. However, the president continued to make unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud, falsely claiming that he won the election "many times over".
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told MSNBC Nov. 12 that some Republican senators had contacted Biden after the election, although he wouldn't name which ones. On Friday, former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway told The 19th News that "it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail despite Trump's litigation".
According to a recent poll by CNBC / Change Research, many of Trump's voters appear to be following the president. Only 3% of Trump voters polled said they accepted Biden's victory as legitimate, according to the poll published on Monday.
An incredible 73% of those polled think Trump is the legitimate winner. Another 24% said they were not sure.
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– CNBC's Jacob Pramuk and Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.
Update: This story has been updated to include a response to the Washington Post from Senator Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Describing Joe Biden as "President-Elect". A spokesman for Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, responded to the Post's poll on Saturday.