WASHINGTON (WJZ) – Maryland leaders congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after CBS News and other news outlets called Saturday morning's election in favor of the former vice president.
On Twitter, Republican Governor Larry Hogan wrote: “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to be successful. As a country, we face major challenges. Now more than ever we need to come together as Americans. "
Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to be successful. As a country, we face major challenges. Now more than ever we need to come together as Americans.
– Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 7, 2020
Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, and to the people of America for their historic participation in these critical elections. Ready to get down to work to rebuild America better. Continue! “Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen tweeted.
Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and the people of America on historic participation in these critical elections.
Ready to get down to work to rebuild America better.
– Chris Van Hollen (@VanHollenForMD) November 7, 2020
Senator Ben Cardin tweeted Saturday was a “historic day”: “This is a historic day for our country. A record number of Americans decided to restore decency and uphold the rule of law by voting for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. There is hope for a better future for all of us and I am ready to work towards that with the new administration. "
This is a historic day for our country. A record number of Americans decided to restore decency and uphold the rule of law by voting for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. There is hope for a better future for all of us and I am ready to work towards that with the new administration.
– Ben Cardin (@BenCardinforMD) November 7, 2020
In a statement, Rep. Kweisi Mfume made similar comments:
“Today is a historic day for our nation. Not long ago, the world learned that Joe Biden would become the 46th President of the United States. This after breaking the record for the most votes ever cast for a US presidential candidate. In addition, Kamala Harris, a woman of Jamaican and Indian descent, will become the first woman to become Vice President in our nation's history.
“In addition to congratulating the new President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect, I want to celebrate the incredible efforts made by voters in the United States, including here in Maryland. From those who stood in line to those who sent or cast ballot papers to those who counted them. As a nation, we should be proud of our overwhelming participation in what is possibly the most critical election of our lives.
“In the face of unprecedented challenges, including a global pandemic, we have heard our voices. We stood up against a bully – and held him accountable for his attacks on working families, the press, science, immigrants, color communities, democracy, and the values that Americans care about.
“In addition to this monumental week, I will again have the honor and privilege of representing the residents of Maryland's 7th Ward in Congress. This has been a challenging year for our communities as the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our residents and our economy. More than ever, it is important to have leaders who use science, not politics, to make informed decisions about how we can move our country forward.
"While there is still a lot of work to be done, I don't want us to forget the progress we've made. If you haven't already, please read my Congressional Report, which was released last week The progress we've made in my first 155 days of this semester in Maryland and DC, and we'll continue to build on my work in the days, weeks, and months to come.
“In conclusion, despite the bombastic and unfounded claims that some are campaigning for stolen elections, we should all have full confidence that the will of the American people will be heard and respected. Democracy has prevailed and we will continue our work to revitalize our economy and restore decency and politeness in society. "
Baltimore's Mayor-elect Brandon Scott tweeted a video congratulating Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.
In the video, Scott thanked Biden and Harris for "restoring decency and order to the offices of the President and Vice-Presidents and the White House."
"We know this work is just beginning and we look forward to seeing what your government will do to restore our country's name, restore dignity, restore order and ensure that we advance our great country," he said .
I want to congratulate President-Elect @JoeBiden and Vice-President-Elect @KamalaHarris for bringing home their historic victory. I would also like to thank all of the election workers and every single person who voted in this election. pic.twitter.com/9ptkHtHKrz
– Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) November 7, 2020
Scott also thanked poll workers who counted votes late into the night to make sure "every voice was heard."
In front of the Baltimore City Hall on Saturday, people cheered and honked after the call, as reported by Kelsey Kushner from WJZ.
People are honking their horns and cheering in #Baltimore from the town hall @wjz
– Kelsey Kushner (@KelseyKushnerTV) November 7, 2020
Baltimore played multiple roles in the 2020 presidential campaign and served as the headquarters of the then president's hopeful Harris campaign, as well as the backdrop for Vice President Mike Pence's address to the Republican National Convention. President Trump also visited the city on Memorial Day.
Baltimore played a role in the long road to the White House. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris chose Baltimore City as the headquarters of her own campaign during the primaries, and President Trump made several visits, including on Memorial Day and during RNC. From last year ⬇️ https://t.co/Jhk9BdBKd2
– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 7, 2020