Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell believes that any recount would only add to President-elect Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump even as some Alabama Republican lawmakers question the legitimacy of the election result.
Sewell, speaking to the media during a Zoom press conference Monday, said she anticipates recounts to occur in battleground states such as in next-door Georgia where Biden holds a razor-thin lead over President Donald Trump. A losing candidate can request a recount when results are within 0.5% of the total votes case for the office and, as of Monday morning, Biden leads Trump by 10,353 votes, or 49.5 percent to 49.3 percent, with 99 precincts reporting.
“We are seeing only an increase in the amount of votes for Biden and Harris in the recent days past the election,” said Sewell, a Democrat from Birmingham who won an unopposed race to secure a sixth term to Alabama’s 7th congressional district seat. “I believe all lawful votes should be counted. As far as state law permits a recount, we expect a recount to occur. But we’ve seen in the past where recounts occur that they change the outcomes minimally. We saw that in the (former Vice President Al) Gore-(former President George W.) Bush analysis (from 2000).”
Said Sewell, “I truly believe that the American people have already spoken and that 75 million votes were cast for the Biden-Harris ticket.”
She said that she anticipates that, once Georgia conducts a recount, that the Biden-Harris lead “will only expand.” She said she doesn’t believe there has been any incidences of voter fraud, and that allegations by the Trump campaign about widespread cheating during the election “are baseless.”
Sewell’s comments come as some of her Alabama GOP colleagues in Congress cast some doubt on the election’s outcome.
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R.Hoover, said he believes the county needs to “get through the litigation process” before determining an outcome in the race.
Palmer, during an interview on a Boston public radio station, said on Monday that there are 100,000 provisional ballots in Pennsylvania that still needed counting. Biden holds a 34,000-vote lead over Trump in Pennsylvania. Media reports, however, suggest about 85,000 provisional ballots in Pennsylvania needed counting and election officials do not believe the outcome will be enough to swing the state back into Trump’s favor.