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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the latest Republican to accept Joe Biden as president-elect after the Electoral College affirmed his election victory on Monday.

Why it matters: Many GOP lawmakers have for weeks refused to accept Biden's win, highlighting President Trump's influence over the party, even as his efforts to overthrow the election based on false allegations of widespread voter fraud proved unsuccessful.

Senators:
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.): "So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He's devoted himself to public service for many years."
  • Sen. John Cornyn (Texas): Biden is president-elect "subject to whatever additional litigation is ongoing. I'm not aware of any. That's sort of the nature of these elections. You got to have a winner. You got to have a loser."
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) on whether it's time to acknowledge Biden as president-elect: "I don't have to, the Constitution does."
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa): "Like it or not, I know for Iowans it's disappointing. But the process is what it is and the Constitution will be followed."
  • Sen. John Thune (S.D.): Biden is president-elect "as soon as he crosses the 270 vote threshold. ... In my view that's how in this country we decide presidential elections, that our Constitution and I believe in following the Constitution. I understand there are people who feel strongly about the outcome of this election, but in the end at some point, you have to face the music."
  • Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio): "The orderly transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy, and although I supported President Trump, the Electoral College vote today makes clear that Joe Biden is now President-Elect."
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.): "While the electoral process moves toward a final conclusion, planning for the Inaugural Ceremonies at the Capitol must continue. I will, as Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, work with President-elect Biden and his President Inaugural Committee to plan the swearing-in ceremony on January 20."
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.V.): "I think it’s time to turn the page and begin a new administration."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.): Asked by reporters, if he accepted Biden as president-elect, Graham said, "Yeah, yeah, it’s a very, very narrow path for the president. I don't see how it gets there from here, given what the Supreme Court did. But having said that, I think we'll let those legal challenges play out."
  • Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.): "I was proud to join thousands of people in Wyoming in voting for President Trump. I believe he’s the leader our country needs. I also respect the result of the Electoral College vote today. This result makes it all the more important that Republicans hold the Senate in January."
  • Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.): "[I am] hopeful the next administration and members of Congress will work together in order to deliver real solutions and progress that the American people want and deserve."
Representatives:
  • Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.): "The Electoral College has voted and affirmed Vice President Biden’s victory.  I wish to thank President Trump for his service, and I wish President-Elect Biden the best as he assumes the awesome responsibility of governing our great nation."
  • Rep. Van Taylor (Texas): "Today, the Electoral College voted and on January 20th, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Anne and I extend our prayers and well wishes to the Biden and Harris families as they prepare for this momentous undertaking."
  • Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.): "While none of us were happy with the outcome of the election, I join Senators Barrasso and Enzi in recognizing the vote of the electoral college today. Upholding the peaceful transfer of power is a core part of our constitutional obligation. We must ensure Republicans hold the Senate and focus on the crucial work ahead to defend Wyoming freedom and our way of life."

Flashback: Republicans who accepted Biden's win before Electoral College vote

Editor's note: This article will continue to be updated with additional comments.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."