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The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee stated that Russia tried to affect 21 states' electoral systems in the 2016 election.

The electoral systems in those states were "not all penetrated, but there was at least trying to open the door in these 21 states," Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said at a press briefing Wednesday.

"It has been very disappointing to me and I believe the chairman as well that it took 11 months for the Department of Homeland Security to reveal those 21 states," the senator said.

Warner revealed that the committee still sees "strains and threads" they feel they must pursue in the Russia investigation.

It would take changing only a few states' electoral count to alter an election outcome, the Virginia Democrat reminded.

Russia apparently targeted other countries' elections, including France, the Netherlands, and Germany, he said.

Also, Russian efforts did not end on election night, he added.

"We need to make sure there is an organized whole-of-government approach" to protecting elections, Warner said, including in the 2018 primaries.


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