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Cassidy joins Senators calling for end to election disputes

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Posted at 8:37 PM, Jan 03, 2021

A bipartisan group of 10 senators has issued a statement calling for Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, the Associated Press is reporting.

The senators, including Louisiana's U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and three other Republicans, said in the statement on Sunday that efforts by some Republicans to overturn the results in favor of President Donald Trump “are contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans’ confidence in the already determined election results.”

Also signing the statement were Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah signed on to the statement, which said "the voters have spoken" and “it is time to move forward.”

"The 2020 election is over," the group said in a joint statement. "All challenges through recounts and appeals have been exhausted. At this point, further attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election are contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans’ confidence in the already determined election results.

"Congress must now fulfill its responsibility to certify the election results."

A separate group of Senate Republicans, led by Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, say they plan to object to the election results when Congress meets on Wednesday to tally Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College victory over Trump.

The objections will force votes in both the House and Senate, but none are expected to prevail.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans not to object. And several other GOP senators have criticized the efforts, splitting the party as the new Congress begins. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that the objections are “bad for the country and bad for the party."

Fraud did not spoil the 2020 presidential election, a fact confirmed by election officials across the country.