NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Tennessee lawmakers have released statements after Joe Biden was named president-elect of the United States.
The Associated Press declared Biden the winner of his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST. The AP called the race for Biden, who held a 30,952-vote lead after it determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up.
Mayor Cooper congratulated President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, saying: “Here in Nashville, we are looking forward to working with the new administration to make progress for our city.”
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn tweeted a link for people to donate to Donald Trump's defense fund, saying "If you care about ensuring our elections are transparent, join me in supporting @realDonaldTrump's legal defense fund"
Other lawmakers have also released statements, many through Twitter:
After counting every valid vote and allowing courts to resolve disputes, it is important to respect and promptly accept the result. The orderly transfer or reaffirming of immense power after a presidential election is the most enduring symbol of our democracy.— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) November 7, 2020
The Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement:
“The democratic process worked and the American people picked Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be their next president and vice president.
We are not only elated to have made history by electing the first Black woman as Vice President, but we are excited to join with Joe Biden as he works to shed the divisiveness that has marked the last four years of the Trump presidency.
Joe Biden will unify this nation and, with steady, competent leadership, be the President to all Americans. He will put our health, lives, and livelihoods before all else and put us on the path to recovery with a plan to tackle this pandemic and build back our economy better than ever before.”
This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day.