Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, noted that President Donald Trump is still the president and that Joe Biden is not officially the “president-elect”—as some news outlets have described him—until Trump concedes or states have certified the result and court cases have been dismissed.
Graham told the Wall Street Journal’s Lindsay Wise on Tuesday that people should collectively refer to a presidential candidate as “president-elect” only if “Trump concedes or the court cases have been dismissed and the states certified.”
The South Carolina Republican said that if Trump does not concede and the states certify the election, “[it’s] enough” to call Biden the president-elect.
“If there is no concession there is a contest,” Graham added. “If there is a contest in court and the party loses, that’s the end of the contest. There is no way to overturn a election other than a court of law.”
Another Republican, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), said it’s premature to describe Biden, a former vice president, as president-elect.
The Epoch Times has not called the race for either Trump or Biden, pending legal challenges and the certification of the results.
On Tuesday, Graham also told reporters that he has spoken with Nevada and Arizona election officials.
“I talked to Arizona. I talked to Nevada. Voting by mail is going to be more, not less. How you validate signatures is really important,” Graham told reporters. He added that he’s reaching out to those states’ officials “as a United States senator who is worried about the integrity of the election process nationally, when it comes to vote by mail.”