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Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to congratulate Biden

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMicrosoft, FireEye push for breach reporting rules after SolarWinds hack On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill MORE (Maine) on Monday became the fourth Republican senator to congratulate President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE, 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 TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE lost reelection.

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Three other GOP senators — Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Overnight Health Care: COVID-19 vaccine makers pledge massive supply increase | Biden health nominee faces first Senate test | White House defends reopening of facility for migrant kids On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE (Utah), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKoch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Biden health nominee faces first Senate test White House stands behind Tanden as opposition mounts MORE (Alaska) and Ben SasseBen SasseJosh Hawley is a conservative without a clue Republican Party going off the rails? Polarization may win in media or politics, but our country loses MORE (Neb.) — 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. 

President Trump has made baseless claims that the election was rigged and stolen from him — accusations he has ramped up as it became clearer that he did not have a path to 270 electoral college votes. 

Trump’s campaign has filed several lawsuits to challenge the results in a few battleground states after the president spent months spreading false claims that mail-in ballots could open the election up to fraud. 

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While some GOP lawmakers have pushed back since the election about the president's rhetoric, top allies have echoed his claims and urged him to fight back. Several have tried to straddle a middle ground, not directly weighing in on Trump's claims but predicting the legal process will play out.  

Collins, in her statement, urged "people to be patient." 

“I understand that the President and others have questions about the results in certain states. There is a process in place to challenge those results and, consistent with that process, the President should be afforded the opportunity to do so," Collins said.  

“I know that many are eager to have certainty right now. While we have a clear direction, we should continue to respect that process. I urge people to be patient. The process has not failed our country in more than 200 years, and it is not going to fail our country this year," Collins added. 

Updated at 3:26 p.m.