After a long delay, McConnell acknowledges President-elect Biden

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference after the Republicans' weekly senate luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 8, 2020. Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become the highest-ranking Republican to congratulate Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, 38 days after Biden was projected as the winner.

McConnell joined several fellow Republican legislators in acknowledging Biden as president-elect after the Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates Biden more than seven weeks after he was declared the election winner.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become the highest-ranking Republican to congratulate Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, 38 days after Biden was projected as the winner.

McConnell joined several fellow Republican legislators in acknowledging Biden as president-elect after the Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory on Monday.

“Yesterday, electors met in all 50 states, so, as of this morning, our country has officially a president-elect and a vice president-elect,” McConnell said on Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate.

“Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken,” he continued.

“So, today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said. He also congratulated Vice president-elect Kamala Harris, who serves as a Democratic senator from California.

“Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time,” McConnell added.

This is a developing story. More soon.

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