Virginia Democrats and Republicans respond to election of President-Elect Joe Biden

Updated: Nov. 7, 2020 at 6:38 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Democrats are celebrating the election of President-Elect Joe Biden, and now they’re ready to get to work.

Once the race for the White House was called, the praise from top Virginia Biden supporters came rolling in. Governor Ralph Northam and Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax both taking to social media to remark on a historic moment and the challenges ahead.

“It’s time to come together as a nation to address our challenges and move our country forward,” Northam, a Democrat, said in a tweet.

Top Biden surrogate and former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says Biden’s administration will help every day Virginians.

“What we need to do to build that post-COVID economy and obviously here in Virginia with al the military asserts and so forth but how do we bring ourselves out of this. Infrastructure I think right off the box, Henry, we’re going to have probably a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. Getting people back to work,” said McAuliffe.

Biden took Virginia and its 13 electoral college votes on election night by about ten points. But still almost two-million Virginians voted for Donald Trump.

The race was called as State Senator Amanda Chase, (R) 11th District, held a small rally near the State Capitol headlined “Stop the Steal.”

“I do believe this election was stolen from our president by democrats who have created laws and put them on the books, pass them, have a democratic governor sign them into law to create more confusion on Election Day,” said Chase.

And while more people voted in this election than ever, one thing is still very clear, we remain a divided country.

Biden and running-mate Kamala Harris were projected to be the winners of the Nov. 3 presidential election after securing an additional 20 Electoral Votes in Pennsylvania. The battleground state brought Biden to 273 Electoral College votes.

The Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker said voters were “fed up” with President Donald Trump and “incompetent” Republican leadership in a statement about Biden’s win.

“Democrats never lost focus,” Swecker said. “We spent months talking to voters about the issues that matter most: ending the COVID-19 pandemic, fixing our nation’s health care system, getting our economy back on track, tackling climate change, rooting out systemic racism, and so much more.”

Swecker said reelecting U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., and other Democrat representatives in Congress made her proud.

“It’s no secret that Virginia is a blue Commonwealth now, and yet our work is far from over,” Swecker said. “As we move forward, our focus turns to protecting and building on the important victories we’ve had recently. But if the past few years are any indication, Virginians are more than up to the task.”

Sen Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said the election of Biden and Harris marked “a proud moment for America.” The Virginia candidate for governor said the country “made history” by electing Harris as the first woman vice president.

“So many girls – especially girls of color – will be able to look up at the Biden-Harris administration,” McClellan said. “When my daughter, Samantha, is old enough to vote, she’ll never have to doubt whether America is ready for her leadership.”

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