“It‘s time to come together” wrote Rep. Will Hurd, Republican from Texas, who is retiring. “America has spoken and we must respect the decision. More unites us than divides us; we can find common ground. I hope the president-elect can embody that. I wish him good luck and I wish the President many successful weeks.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, also offered a traditional greeting to the winner, and was one of the few members of his party to refer to Mr. Biden by his new title.
“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris,” he wrote on Twitter. “We know them both as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.
But several Republicans considered rising stars of the party said all kudos were premature, portraying the election results as a creation of the news media and hinting at the possibility of legal action that could change them.
“The media cannot determine who the president is”, said Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri. “People are doing it. When all the legal votes have been counted, the recounts completed, and the fraud allegations addressed, we will know who the winner is. “
Pennsylvania Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey, who announced his retirement, issued a statement commending Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden for “leading vigorous and spirited campaigns that have inspired record-breaking civic engagement “. But he said given the proximity of the results, Americans needed reassurance that the elections were being conducted “with integrity.”
“Today’s media announcement of the election results is a projection,” Toomey said. “A final result will be achieved at the end of the electoral process, that is, after all legal votes have been counted, the dispute is resolved and all recounts are completed.”