GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: We Should 'Respect Results On Election Day'

Bill Clark

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a vulnerable Republican senator locked in a tough re-election battle with former Sen. Russ Feingold (R-WI), on Thursday said that candidates must accept the results of the election following Donald Trump's failure to commit to accepting the November results during Wednesday night's debate.

"Ron believes we need to respect the results on Election Day, and is confident Wisconsinites will once again pick an Oshkosh manufacturer who gets results over a career politician who says one thing and does another," Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said in an email statement.

During the Wisconsin Senate race debate on Tuesday night, Johnson said that he does not agree with Trump's claims that the election is rigged. But he added that "it's definitely a legitimate point to talk about the bias in the media," according to Wisconsin Public Radio.

Following Trump's stunning refusal to say he will accept the results of the election, several Republican lawmakers have come out reiterating that candidates should accept the results, including some up for re-election like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).


Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.