Senior Republicans accept Biden victory after Electoral College vote

Senior Republicans accept Biden victory after Electoral College vote

Senators break with Donald Trump to acknowledge Democrat will be next president

Several senior Republicans acknowledged Joe Biden would be the next US president in a decisive break with Donald Trump after the Democrat secured the majority of Electoral College votes required to win the White House.

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa were among senators telling reporters on Monday it was time to accept Mr Biden would be sworn in as the 46th US president on January 20. For weeks, most Republican lawmakers declined to contradict Mr Trump’s false allegations that he would have won the November 3 election were it not for widespread voter fraud.

Mr Cornyn said Mr Biden was the “president-elect subject to whatever additional litigation is ongoing”, adding “we’ll see the page turned . . . we’ll have a peaceful transition”.

Rob Portman, the Republican senator from Ohio, said: “I think we need to respect this process the founding fathers established, and we must respect the will of the voters.”