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

Even as leading Republicans refuse to refer to Joe Biden as the president-elect, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Wednesday appeared to acknowledge President Trump’s defeat by tweeting that Sen. Kamala Harris (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.

“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.

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 Pompeo said Tuesday that there will be a smooth transition to a “second Trump administration.”

Updated 5:26 p.m. 

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