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GOP senator: No indication of widespread voting irregularities, window for Trump challenges is 'closing'

Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoModerates vow to 'be a force' under Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief MORE (W.Va.), an adviser to Senate Republican leadership, on Monday said there’s “no indication” that voting irregularities are widespread enough to change the outcome of the presidential election.

Capito, who won reelection earlier this month, said “the window for legal challenges and recounts is rapidly closing” and pledged to “respect the certified results” once they are reported.

She is the third Senate Republican since Saturday to put pressure on President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE to abandon his legal challenges to vote counts showing Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Science denialism in the new administration Jill Biden to offer input on helping reunite separated immigrant families: report MORE the winner of the 2020 election and to let the transfer of power begin.

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Capito said Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform MORE “should begin receiving all appropriate briefings related to national security and COVID-19 to facilitate a smooth transfer of power” in the “likely event” they take office next year.

Capito made her statement hours after the Cincinnati Enquirer published an op-ed by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOhio lieutenant governor won't run for Portman's Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden seeks vaccine for all by summer; Trump censure? Former Ohio state health director reportedly considering Senate bid MORE (R-Ohio) stating there has not been evidence of voting irregularities or fraud on a large enough scale to change vote tallies showing that Biden will be the next president of the United States.

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.), who is poised to become the next chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, on Saturday called on Trump to accept the results of the election and said he had no path toward winning the key state of Pennsylvania. 

Capito on Monday afternoon said she also believes voting irregularities and fraud was not a widespread phenomenon and that Trump has little chance of catching up to Biden in several battleground states. 

“While some irregularities and fraud have been found and should be punished, there is no indication that these are widespread enough to call into question the outcome of the election,” Capito said in a statement. “I firmly believe in our electoral system and in the power of the voice of the people.”

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While Capito said she voted to reelect Trump and was proud to support his policies, she observed that, “Unfortunately, election results from around the country indicate that our fellow Americans chose differently.”

“At some point, the 2020 election must end,” she said. “The window for legal challenges and recounts is rapidly closing as states certify their results in the coming days."

“If states certify the results as they currently stand, Vice President Joe Biden will be our next president and Sen. Kamala Harris will be our next vice president,” she said. “I will respect the certified results and will congratulate our nation’s new leaders, regardless of the policy differences I might have from them.”