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Republicans split on Biden win as Trump digs in

Republicans are split on President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE’s win as President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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 RomneyDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits 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 ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees 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 BluntBiden gets involved to help break Senate logjam Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Five takeaways from dramatic Capitol security hearing 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 StephanopoulosKhashoggi colleague: 'Why are we making an alliance with a dictator?' Fauci on Johnson & Johnson vaccine: 'Just be really grateful' Portman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' MORE asked the Missouri senator why he couldn't acknowledge Biden’s win like Romney and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote 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 NoemIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Trump talking to allies about 2024 run without Pence: report 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.”