United States Senator Bill Cassidy is the first member of the Louisiana Republican Congressional Delegation to publicly acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Cassidy tweeted “I voted for President Trump, but Joe Biden won".
The transition should begin for the sake of the country.” ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley said Cassidy has always been pragmatic.
“He has historically has been an individual who has worked across the aisle and this is a maneuver that is consistent with his pragmatism,” said Stockley.
Cassidy also tweeted that the Trump campaign has not presented the kind of evidence of mass voter fraud needed to change the results of the election.
Stockley said there’s little political downside to conceding at this point.
“Conceding the election is simply recognition of the democratic process, the democratic process working, and it works legitimately,” said Stockley.
Cassidy strolled to reelection for another six-year term on November 3rd, winning 59 percent of the vote.
Stockley says as more states certify their results and Biden’s electoral vote lead grows it’s only a manner of days, or at most weeks before most of the rest of the delegation joins Cassidy.
“Given the recent decisions in Michigan and Pennsylvania I would expect to see more and more Republicans conceding and for Louisiana’s officials to do the same,” said Stockley.
Biden appears set for 306 electoral votes, and a popular vote lead somewhere north of four percent.