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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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