Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday said the Nov. 3 general election will not be postponed, shooting down President Trump’s suggestion on Twitter that the election could be postponed to safeguard against mail-in ballot fraud.
“Never in the history of the Congress, through wars, depressions and the Civil War have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time, and we’ll find a way to do that again this Nov. 3,” McConnell told Max Winitz, the lead evening anchor at WNKY 40.
When Winitz asked whether the Nov. 3 election date is “set in stone,” McConnell responded, “That’s right.”
“We’ll cope with whatever the situation is and have the election on Nov. 3 as already scheduled,” the GOP leader said.
McConnell made his comments in the taped interview shortly after other prominent Senate Republicans weighed in to slap down Trump’s proposed delay.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s close allies, said that while election fraud is a concern, it does not warrant postponing the elections.
“I have concerns about mail-in ballots being the exclusive way to cast votes, but I don’t believe we should delay the elections. I want to reopen the economy in a sound way. I want people to go back to school safely,” Graham, who is up for reelection in November, told reporters Thursday morning.
“In South Carolina, we had a very large primary in June and were able to do it in person. I think we can be able to able to safely vote in person in November,” he said.
“I think delaying the election probably wouldn’t be a good idea,” he added.
Trump sparked an uproar by tweeting the election should be delayed to possibly allow more people to vote in…
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