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Tennessee governor not recognizing Biden's win just yet

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Gov. Bill Lee joined the lineup at Tennessee state Sen. Jack Johnson's annual Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans campaign fundraiser and Republican get-together.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday said he wasn't ready to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect, joining a growing list of Republican leaders who say they are waiting on the outcome of various vote recounts and legal challenges.

"I think that it's not clear yet what the outcome is and it won't be clear until the process is seen to the end," Lee told reporters. "I think the country should proceed with that process."

Lee declined to answer directly when asked if he believes there has been widespread voter fraud in the presidential election. It's a claim President Donald trump has made without evidence, while recent court rulings have dismissed such allegations.

Instead, Lee says he would work with either the Trump or Biden administration.

"I've got to be focused on what's the very best for Tennessee and that includes working with the federal administration regardless of who that is," Lee said.

He also praised how smoothly election night went in Tennessee without any long waits for results.

Tennessee's U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Sen.-elect Bill Hagerty — both Republicans — have encouraged people to donate to Trump's legal fund in support of challenging mail-in voting results in a handful of states.

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VictorA

LOL! The AP is lopsidedly biased here, as usual! We all remember how they reported on Algore (who lost his home state of Tennessee!) in the BushVGore 2000 election! Algore took 37 days to contest the results, but I guess that's ok? We also remember their biased reporting over the past four years on the so called 'Russia Collusion' (millions of taxpayer dollars down the drain without a 'shred' of evidence to show in the end! Obviously, the AP has a very hard time seeing 'evidence' on anyone on their 'side' of the isle, but they are willing to immediately convict anyone on the Republican side of the isle with "hardtime" for 'jaywalking'. Now, the credibility of a national election hangs in the balance and they can't find any evidence of fraud, poor AP! Let me help...is it fraud when 6,000 votes are 'switched' from Trump to Biden? Is it fraud when thousands of 'dead' people vote? thousands more from out of state? Is is fraud that these corrupt election officials "find" hundreds maybe thousands of ballots AFTER the election results are in? Is it fraud when everyone of them is a vote for Biden and not a single one voted for anyone 'down ballot'? WOW, what a miracle! Just remember no matter how the litigation on election 2020 turns out, Old Sleepy Joe personally testified that he threatened to hold a billion dollars of U.S. aide to the Ukraine if they didn't fire their AG......I wonder if the AP will have a hard time finding that video of Old Joe admitting that he was responsible! LOL!

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