GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Monday became the third Republican senator to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, while urging patience amid a myriad of legal challenges.
"I would offer my congratulations to President-elect Biden on his apparent victory – he loves this country, and I wish him every success," Collins said in a statement.
Most Senate Republicans have refrained from commenting on Biden's victory and have not publicly conceded that President Trump lost reelection.
Two other GOP senators — Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) — have issued statements congratulating Biden after The Associated Press and other media outlets called the race for him Saturday.
Collins also tipped her hand to the looming transition process, saying that "presidential transitions are important" and that the incoming Biden administration "should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20th."
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy hadn't yet affirmed that Biden won the election, a step needed to give his team access to federal resources and the ability to communicate with agencies.
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