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U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn speaks Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, while campaigning with Bill Hagerty at the Republican Party of Shelby County headquarters in Cordova. / Max Gersh/The Commercial Appeal

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a stalwart supporter of President Donald Trump, on Friday referred to Democrat Joe Biden as the country's "president-elect," a comment her staff later said was a mistake.

Blackburn made the comments Friday evening live on ABC News, where she was being interviewed by Juju Chang, who asked Blackburn whether she had been in contact with Biden to congratulate him, as president-elect, on his victory.

"I have not spoken with the president-elect," Blackburn said. "We did have the vice president come to the floor, the vice president-elect come to the floor this week to cast a vote. I was presiding at the time. Didn't get to speak with her."

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