Democrats greeted the news that Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next president and vice president of the United States on Saturday with jubilation, congratulating them on their historic win over President Donald Trump immediately after television networks and The Associated Press projected the outcome of the 2020 election.
Republicans were more muted in the immediate aftermath of the calls.
While dozens of Democratic lawmakers and allied groups issued statements and weighed in on social media platforms like Twitter, most Republican elected officials stayed quiet as Trump continued to deny and dispute the election results.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a frequent Trump critic, congratulated Biden on Twitter.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney also offered his warm wishes to the Democratic ticket.
“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee tweeted.
Retiring Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander issued a more measured statement, saying it is “important to respect and promptly accept the result” of the election “after counting every valid vote and allowing courts to resolve disputes.”
Trump’s campaign issued a statement from him on Saturday after the election calls saying that he didn’t accept that Biden has won the election. He reiterated his baseless claims about voter fraud and pledged to start “prosecuting our case” in court.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in the statement.
The president was at his golf course in Virginia when the race was called for Biden.
The former vice president is just the fifth challenger to beat an incumbent president in the past 100 years.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted,” Biden said in a statement after the race was called.