Republicans split on Biden win as Trump digs in

Republicans are split on President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE’s win as President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE digs into baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud. 

Some GOP lawmakers were more accepting on Sunday of Biden's lead the day after the former vice president was projected the winner. Others leaned more into Trump’s narrative of voter fraud, championing legal challenges by the Trump campaign.

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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMichelle Obama to Simone Biles: 'We are proud of you and we are rooting for you' Aly Raisman defends former teammate Biles: 'I'm proud of her' Mitt Romney praises Simone Biles following withdrawal from team event MORE (Utah) is one of two Republican senators who congratulated the president-elect on his win on Saturday.

But Romney told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump will “keep on fighting until the very end” over the results. 

“You’re not gonna change the nature of President Trump in these last days, apparently, of his presidency,” Romney said. “He is who he is. And he has a relatively relaxed relationship with the truth.”

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said the U.S. shouldn’t expect Trump to “respond in the same way” as previous losing presidential candidates, adding that the current president “doesn’t have a choice” on whether to leave the White House. 

The president, in the days following Election Day, has promoted unfounded accusations that voter fraud contributed to Biden’s lead and eventual projected win on Saturday. 

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. 

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said on Sunday that any potential evidence of widespread voter fraud should be released, but he doesn’t believe “anything” will “overturn” the projected election results.

“There are legal processes if you think there are mistakes, but I don’t think we’re gonna see anything that’s gonna overturn this election,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“This is the way our system works,” he added. “Whether you like it or not, it's time to get behind the winner of the race.”

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) said news outlets were “probably correct” to declare Biden the winner of the election but noted on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “there’s a reason that we actually do the count.”

“So let’s let this come to its proper conclusion and in the process maximize the number of people who have confidence it was done properly,” Toomey said. 

Biden's projected overall win was called on Saturday seconds after he earned battleground Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntEight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division The Hill's Morning Report - Will Schumer back down on his deadline? GOP fumes over Schumer hardball strategy MORE (R-Mo.) did not acknowledge Biden’s victory on Sunday, instead noting on ABC’s “This Week” that it was “time for the president to present the facts” if the Trump campaign had any evidence of voter fraud. 

Host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote MORE asked the Missouri senator why he couldn't acknowledge Biden’s win like Romney and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiEight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division Manchin grills Haaland over Biden oil and gas moratorium The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Crunch time for bipartisan plan; first Jan. 6 hearing today MORE (R-Alaska) had in congratulating the president. 

“It’s time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts, and it’s time for those facts to speak for themselves,” Blunt answered.

GOP South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemWestern US airports face jet fuel shortage Noem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis MORE had the most pointed defense of Trump’s assertion that Biden’s win was the result of “illegal activities,” prompting Stephanopoulos to fire back on voter fraud conspiracy theories that are not based on evidence.

Noem told ABC that “people have signed legal documents ... stating that they saw illegal activities” and noted that The New York Times had reported “clerical errors.”

“No widespread fraud, governor. That's very different,” Stephanopoulos responded.

Later in the interview, Noem said Americans “need to know at least America still functions and we are about doing things right.”

Stephanopoulos quipped back, “It starts with providing evidence. You still have not provided it.”