Sen. Ron Johnson was seen in a video conceding that Trump lost Wisconsin because '51,000 Republican voters didn't vote for him'

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Sen. Ron Johnson was seen in a video conceding that Donald Trump lost the election in Wisconsin because "51,000 Republican voters didn't vote for him." STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • Sen. Ron Johnson this week was seen on video conceding that Trump lost Wisconsin.

  • Johnson said Trump lost the state because "51,000 Republican voters didn't vote for him."

  • Johnson, a staunch Trump ally, has pushed for an investigation into baseless voter-fraud claims in Wisconsin.

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Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin appeared to acknowledge in a video posted this week that Joe Biden was victorious in the election in the swing state, saying Donald Trump lost because he didn't get enough Republican votes.

Johnson, who has strongly advocated an investigation into baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election in Wisconsin, was filmed speaking to Lauren Windsor, the producer of the political web show "The Undercurrent," at the GOP Chicken Burn event in Wauwatosa, outside Milwaukee, on Sunday.

In the video, Johnson could be heard detailing the vote counts for presidential and congressional candidates.

"Prior to this election, I was the No. 1 vote-getter statewide with just under 1.5 million votes," he said. "This election, Trump got 1,610,000. No Republican has ever cracked 1.5 million. Numerous Democrats have gone over 1.6 and 1.5 ... Just the Republican State Assembly candidates got 1,661,000. The eight congressional candidates also got 1,661,000."

Johnson added: "So we obviously counted enough Republican votes. The only reason Trump lost Wisconsin is that 51,000 Republican voters didn't vote for him. They voted for other Republican candidates."

"So you're telling me that Joe Biden won this state fair and square?" Windsor asked.

"Well, look at the totals. It's certainly plausible," Johnson replied. "There's nothing obviously skewed about the results."

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Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. He has supported an investigation into the vote count in Wisconsin even after a recount in November that Trump paid $3 million for expanded Biden's lead by 87 votes.

Johnson is the second prominent conservative figure to concede this week that Trump lost. Former House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with Milwaukee's ABC affiliate on Monday that Biden's victory was "really clear."

"It was not rigged. It was not stolen. Donald Trump lost the election. Joe Biden won the election," Ryan said.

Biden won by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin, flipping a state that Trump won in 2016.

Wisconsin Republicans are seeking approval to spend $680,000 on an election investigation.

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