Republican Mike DeWine Breaks With Trump: ‘Joe Biden Is The President-Elect’

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday became of the highest-profile sitting Republican officials to acknowledge Joe ’s election victory, directly referring to him as the president-elect despite President Trump’s refusal to concede.

“We need to consider the former vice president the president-elect. Joe is the president-elect,” DeWine said of former Senate colleague during a CNN appearance.

DeWine had previously congratulated a statement on Monday but stopped short of calling him president-elect, instead writing, “When lawsuits have concluded and election results are certified, it is important for all Americans to honor the outcome.”

Trump has refused to accept the results, instead launching lawsuits to try to overcome sizable vote-deficits in key states through unproven allegations of widespread fraud.

DeWine and Trump have had a tense relationship since Trump campaigned for him in 2018, most notably during the coronavirus pandemic, when DeWine broke with Trump on mail-in voting, shutdowns and masks.

DeWine had previously pushed back on Trump’s false declaration of on Wednesday morning, stating, “I am for Trump… if it ends up being Biden, all of us will accept that…. every vote has to be counted.”

Ohio’s senator, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), often considered a relative moderate within the GOP ranks, has not acknowledged ’s victory, saying in a statement on Wednesday, “Biden is leading in enough states to win the presidency. But there are votes being counted.”