Bentz acknowledges Biden win after opposing one state’s electors

Congressman Cliff Bentz talks with officers from the Capitol police after insurrectionists were cleared from the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Bentz condemned the intrusion. (Office of U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz)

Oregon Congressman Cliff Bentz said early Thursday he accepted the election of Joe Biden as president but would “continue to empathize” with those who doubt the presidential vote.

Bentz issued a statement after Congress certified Biden’s election. President Trump subsequently declared he would participate in a peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 20.

Bentz joined other Republicans in a failed effort to challenge the electors from Pennsylvania. The only Republican Congressman from Oregon voted against challenging Arizona’s results.

Trump and his Congressional allies had hoped that enough state electors could be challenged to overturn a national election that Biden . . .