MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Joe Biden is the new president-elect, after CBS News projected his win in Pennsylvania.
Minnesota continued its streak of voting for the Democratic candidate in a presidential election and largely supported Biden in his path towards the White House.
Many leaders across Minnesota offered their congratulations to the president-elect and the vice president-elect Kamala Harris, who has made history as the first woman and the first woman of color to be appointed to the position.
“Congratulations President-Elect Joe Biden on a decisive, historic victory,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “It’s time to put politics aside and heal.”
Congratulations President-Elect @JoeBiden on a decisive, historic victory. The people have spoken. It's time to put politics aside and heal.
Minnesota's ready to work in partnership with you to get the virus under control and put our economy back on track. Let's get to it!
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) November 7, 2020
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar also offered her support. “We have not only voted out the most corrupt, dangerous president in modern history but have the opportunity to carry out the most progressive agenda our country has ever seen,” she said. Omar won re-election to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
We have not only voted out the most corrupt, dangerous president in modern history but have the opportunity to carry out the most progressive agenda our country has ever seen.
Let’s get to work!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2020
“We can now say President-Elect Joe Biden and Vide President-Elect Kamala Harris!” tweeted Sen. Amy Klobuchar. “It’s time to unite this country and get to work!”
It is time to unite this country and get to work!
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) November 7, 2020
Sen. Tina Smith echoed many of the other sentiments from Minnesota leaders: “The real work starts now,” she said.
Congrats to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Americans have shown—in record numbers—that we believe these leaders will rise to the challenge of this moment and lead us forward. The real work starts now, and I am honored to be going back to Washington to do that work with both of you.
— Senator Tina Smith (@SenTinaSmith) November 7, 2020
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter offered his congratulations to Harris as well.
— Melvin Carter (@melvincarter3) November 7, 2020
On the other hand, Jennifer Carnahan, the chair of the Minnesota GOP, said the calling of Pennsylvania was premature.
“For the news media to call this election for Joe Biden when there are still hundreds of thousands of votes outstanding in battleground states with razor thin margins, does an injustice to the American people and our free and fair election system,” she said.
The calling of Pennsylvania is premature, as was the calling of Arizona. There are still hundreds of thousands of ballots to be counted in both states. The media is just so desperate for Biden to win that they are overlooking irregularities and transparency in our country.
— Jennifer Carnahan (@jkcarnah) November 7, 2020
Meanwhile, the DFL Party chair Ken Martin called this a “great day” for the country.
“President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris ran a campaign appealing to the best in America and our nation responded by casting more ballots for Biden and Harris than any other presidential ticket in history. When all is said and done, this will be one of the most decisive wins – both in popular vote and in the electoral college – for any presidential ticket. When given the choice, voters opted for hope over fear, unity over division, and love over hate,” he said.
Biden released a statement not long after the announcement, saying he was “honored and humbled” by the trust the American people have put in him and Harris. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020