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GOP chair deletes tweet acknowledging Harris would be 'deciding vote' in 50-50 Senate

Even as leading Republicans refuse to refer to Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE as the president-elect, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielDetroit police chief planning GOP gubernatorial run against Whitmer New York Post deletes story alleging Kamala Harris book given to migrant children Virginia GOP reverses course, will let those with religious obligations cast absentee votes for Saturday convention MORE on Wednesday appeared to acknowledge President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE's defeat by tweeting that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOde to Mother's Day Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate In honor of Mother's Day, lawmakers should pass the Momnibus Act MORE (D-Calif.), Biden's running mate, would be the chamber’s “deciding vote” in the event of a 50-50 split in the Senate.

McDaniel made the comment in a since-deleted tweet illustrating the stakes of the two Jan. 5 runoff races in Georgia, which could give Democrats 50 seats in the chamber if candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock win their contests.

When there's a 50-50 tie in the Senate, the vice president can often cast the tie-breaking vote.

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“If Democrats control Senate: Leader [Charles] Schumer, Budget Chair Bernie [Sanders] (hello socialism), Finance Chair [Ron] Wyden (goodbye tax cuts), Judiciary Chair [Dianne] Feinstein (liberal judges), HELP Chair [Patty] Murray (govt control of health care), Deciding Vote Kamala Harris,” McDaniel tweeted.

Numerous Twitter users took notice of McDaniel’s seeming acknowledgment that Harris will be the next vice president before she deleted it.

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In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for the RNC called the tweet "clearly a hypothetical" and said "the RNC is fighting every step of the way to ensure all legal votes, and only legal votes, are counted."
 
The tweet comes as the Trump administration has refused to acknowledge Biden’s win, first projected on Saturday by news networks including The Associated Press.

The General Services Administration has declined to sign off on giving Biden’s team transition resources, while Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE said Tuesday that there will be a smooth transition to a “second Trump administration.”

Updated 5:26 p.m.