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Collins: Winner of presidential election will be sworn in next year

Collins: Winner of presidential election will be sworn in next year
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GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll MORE (Maine) said on Thursday that a peaceful transition of power was at the core of American democracy and predicted it would occur in January. 

“One of the foundations of our democracy is a peaceful transition of power between administrations. That has been true throughout our history, and this year will be no different,” Collins tweeted.

“The winner of the presidential election will be sworn in on January 20th,” she added. 

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power has put his party on defense on Thursday as they face a stream of questions from reporters about Trump’s remarks, with several working to distance themselves from the president. 

Collins’s comments come as she is fighting for her political life as she runs for reelection in Maine as one two GOP senators on the ballot in a state won in 2016 by former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump jokingly blames 'Crooked Hillary' after his rally mic stops working The Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr MORE.

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Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisCunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (R-N.C.), who like Collins is in a toss-up race, also predicted there would be a peaceful transition of power but tried to turn the focus to Democrats.

“We're gonna have a peaceful transition of power. You know, what I've told some folks, what is the response to Hillary Clinton saying Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE under any circumstances shouldn't accept the outcome of the election?” Tillis said.

When a reporter noted that Clinton had been talking about a contested election, and not handing over control of the government in January, Tillis responded, “I think that’s parsing words. We’re going to have a fair election, and we’re going to have a peaceful transition.”