The RNC chairman said Republicans will accept the election results after letting the “process play out.”



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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Sunday that her party’s candidates would accept the results of the midterm elections “after letting the process play out.”

“Listen, you should do a count. You should have a canvas, and it’s going to go to court and then everybody should accept the results,” McDaniel told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when all GOP candidates were asked for a yes or no answer in the upcoming election. should accept the results.

Asked about Bash’s refusal to accept Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s midterm results, McDaniel wanted to compare his remarks to past comments from Democrats.

“Well, I’d say the same to Stacey Abrams, wouldn’t I. Or Hillary Clinton, who is already saying that in 2024 we will change the election. That’s not helpful,” he said, before later adding: “We’re going to let the process play out and then accept the results.”

The comments come two days before critical midterm elections, in which Republicans hope to regain control of the House and eliminate Democrats’ slim majority in the Senate. Already, some GOP candidates have questioned the legitimacy of the upcoming results, similar to what then-President Donald Trump and his allies did in the run-up to the 2020 election.

Johnson, who is running for re-election to a third term, would not commit to accepting the results of the upcoming election last week, telling reporters in Wisconsin, “Let’s see how it plays out.”

“I sure hope I can, but I can’t predict what the Democrats have planned,” he said.

“I think Ron Johnson and Stacey Abrams will eventually, after all avenues have been exhausted, accept the results,” McDaniel told Bash on Sunday, referring to the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s initial reluctance to “give up” after his loss. Rep. Brian Kemp has been targeted by Republicans seeking to question the legitimacy of the election in the 2018 contest.

Abrams has argued that Kemp, then serving as Georgia’s secretary of state, and other state GOP leaders used state tools to suppress votes four years ago. But he accepted Kemp’s certification as governor and no longer had legal recourse.

Clinton said in a video for a progressive group last month: “The far right already has a plan to literally steal the next presidential election, and they’re not making any secrets about it.”

He added that the conservative majority on the US Supreme Court could give state legislatures more power to overturn elections.

McDaniel also defended the practice of polling when asked about cases of voter intimidation across the country, but added: “We absolutely want the law to be followed, and if they don’t, they shouldn’t be allowed to do it.”

“No one should be intimidated or break the law, no one should. But watching the polls is not scary,” he said. “You see, if you’ve been to a polling place, they’re just observing and ultimately helping us to reassure voters (and) say, ‘listen, we were there, we saw that, okay came out’”.

McDaniel also predicted that Republicans would retake both houses of Congress in the midterm elections and stressed that if they do, President Joe Biden will have a mandate from the American people to work with Republicans.

“If we take back the House and the Senate, it’s the American people who say to Joe Biden, ‘We want you to work on our behalf and we want you to work across the aisle and solve the problems we’re dealing with.’ Bill Clinton did that, didn’t he? In ’94 “After that, when he missed the midterms, he found him and said, ‘Let’s work together.’ It would be interesting to see if President Biden does that,” he said.

And McDaniel avoided Trump’s plan to announce a possible 2024 White House bid this month, saying simply, “I’m only focused on 2022.”

CNN reported last week that top Trump aides have discussed the third week of November as an ideal launch point for his 2024 campaign if Republicans do well in this week’s election, according to sources familiar with the matter.