Local Leaders React to Biden Winning Presidency

From U.S. Senators to the Governor of Delaware, here's how local leaders reacted after news outlets projected Joe Biden would win the presidency.

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News outlets' projection of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election elicited statements from leaders across the world, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and many others.

But he received congratulations from local leaders as well, including many in his home state of Delaware, which Biden represented in the U.S. Senate for more than 30 years.

And despite some Republicans siding with the now-lame duck President Donald Trump, who has not conceded, support for Biden came from both sides of the aisle, though. Here's what local leaders said:

Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania joined NBC10’s Rosemary Connors to discuss Joe Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States. Casey said he talked to Biden shortly after he was projected the winner by NBC News on Saturday.

Casey said he spoke on the phone with Joe Biden Saturday to congratulate him on his victory. He told NBC10's Rosemary Connors about the call, and what he'd like to see happen in Biden's first term.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA

“President Trump and former Vice President Biden have run hard, spirited campaigns that have inspired record civic engagement. I applaud both of them for their desire to serve our nation.

“Today’s announcement by the media of the election’s outcome is a projection. A final outcome will be reached when the election process concludes, which is after all legal votes have been counted, litigation is resolved, and any recounts are completed.

“Democracy succeeds only when all sides can trust that the election process is fair and transparent. Given the extremely close result, the American people must be assured that the process is being conducted with integrity. This means campaign representatives must have meaningful access to observe whether the law is being followed. I strongly encourage all state and local officials to ensure that this happens as the election process is completed.”

Delaware Gov. John Carney

Gov. Tom Wolf, D-PA

Wilmington, Del. City Council

"Wilmington City Council shares sentiments of congratulations to Delaware's own President-Elect Joe Biden and history making Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.  This election was one of the most important and consequential elections of our time.  It is now time to come together as one nation, unite and heal."

Former Gov. Tom Ridge, R-PA

Dennis Assanis, University of Delaware

“On behalf of his alma mater the University of Delaware, I want to congratulate Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his momentous victory in the 2020 presidential election. His long and distinguished career in public service has served as an inspiring example of the power of a UD education. What’s more, our students, faculty, staff and alumni know with pride that our nation has a Blue Hen as President of the United States. As he continues to serve our nation, we look forward to carrying on the important work of the Biden Institute and the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.”

Mayor Jim Kenney, D-Philadelphia

In a follow-up tweet, Kenney thanked the poll workers who worked round the clock sorting, arranging, scanning and counting ballots.

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