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Sherrod Brown Calls For Republicans To 'Stand Up' To Trump

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As other states continue to tally the votes in the presidential race, President Trump is making false statements about widespread fraud that other leaders say undermines the election process. Ohio leaders have mixed responses to Trump's claims. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says the process of county absentee votes in other states is legitimate and should be respected, despite the claims being made by the President of the United States.

"We have always counted every vote absentee, no matter how long it takes and that's what the country needs to do. And there's no fraud. I think President Trump had in his mind that he was going to lose for weeks. And as a result, he wanted to question the integrity of the election," Brown said.

Brown believes speaking out against these types of claims by Trump should be bipartisan.

"I'm hopeful, maybe it's just a hope against futility that Republicans now will start standing up saying, 'Mr. President, this is, this is wrong. You've got to, we've got to count all the ballots. Stop. Quit questioning this. Quit saying the election's rigged,'" said Brown.

During a Thursday briefing, Governor Mike DeWine was asked about Trump's call to stop counting votes in Pennsylvania.

"We have a long tradition of counting all the votes. We have a long tradition of respect for the law. So the votes are continuing to be counted," said DeWine. "I think it's important for us as Ohioans and Americans to remember that we've done this before. We've done this for over two hundred years, we've done it better than about anybody or maybe anybody throughout the history of mankind, we do it exceedingly well. We have if there is a transition of power, we do that well."

Watch: Gov. Mike DeWine's full response to question about President Donald Trump's claims.

But DeWine stopped short of showing concern about Trump making unverified claims of fraud from his position as president.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted have also supported counting the votes but have not made public statements about Trump's latest unsupported claims of fraud.

As of Friday afternoon, Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden started to pull ahead in the vote count of some of the remaining states that were still tallying results, including Pennsylvania and Georgia. Those votes represented absentee ballots that were not processed and tabulated until the polls closed on Tuesday evening. Ohio's election law allows local boards of elections to have to votes ready to be counted as soon as polls close on Election Day.

Trump released a written statement saying that the American people deserve "full transparency."

"From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn. We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government,” Trump said in the statement.  

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