What Maryland leaders are saying about Joe Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States

The Associated Press and the Tribune have called the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Democrat Joe Biden, delivering him more than enough Electoral College votes to become the 46th president of the United States of America.


The Trump campaign has repeatedly disputed the tabulation of votes, alleging — without evidence — that the results have been corrupted by the mail-in ballot process. Whether President Donald Trump makes good on his stated intent to litigate election results in Pennsylvania and elsewhere remains to be seen at the moment. No news organization has found any evidence of large-scale fraud or corruption.

Here’s what Maryland leaders have to say about the historic election.

Danyell Smith and Crystal Francis, the immediate past chair and current chair of the Baltimore County Democratic Party, wave flags outside their Towson HQ as they have a socially distanced victory celebration Saturday evening.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan: Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to succeed. We have great challenges ahead of us as a country. Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans.

Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Cardin: Congratulations to my friend and former Senate colleague Joe Biden, who is now the President-Elect of the United States of America. Congratulations also to Kamala Harris, now Vice President-Elect. A Senate colleague as well, she now has shattered one of the highest glass ceilings ever. The pair has won more votes than any other candidates in our country’s history. A majority of Americans, as shown by the popular vote and the Electoral College, have come together to move our country in a new direction. I am hopeful for the next four years.

Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen: The American people have spoken, and they have overwhelmingly chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lead our nation. Joe has spent decades working to ensure every American gets a fair shot, and he has not once forgotten where he’s from and who he’s fighting for. Joe will bring that passion to the White House and will work to unite us and create positive change while fighting back against the health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kamala has been an ardent voice for justice and equality in the United States Senate and prior, and I know she will continue standing for these unmovable principles as she takes on the role of Vice President. Our country faces enormous challenges, but by electing this historic ticket, the American people will have two seasoned leaders at the helm, able and prepared to do the hard work required to lead us forward.

Republican Former Maryland Lt. Gov. and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele: Congratulations America! You have elected a decent man, an honorable man Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States. Well done. What We the People have done is important and historic. I have for the first time some sense of what the first patriots must have felt when they freed themselves from Tyranny. While work remains and challenges will have to be met we can breathe and it feels good. #BidenHarrisWin

Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Harris: The media doesn’t decide who won the election, the voters do. Just like Hillary suggested for Joe Biden, President Trump should not concede until all legal votes are counted. Secret unobserved vote counting in the swing states means that we will have to wait until a court unravels what really went on, and whether illegal votes were counted. When that thorough investigation is over, and we all know that only legal votes have been counted, will we know who the real winner is, and then - and only then - we need to move on.


Democratic Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Adrienne Jones: We counted every vote and chose leaders with integrity to run this great nation. Democracy truly won today.

Republican Maryland State Sen. J.B. Jennings: Do I wish President Trump won? Absolutely. Does it look like he won? No, it doesn’t. They’re talking about lawsuits, but it appears without doubt that Biden will be the 46th President. I congratulate him, and I wish him success, because his success is our success as a country. We’ve handed power over 45 times as a country, and we’re about to do it our 46th time. And that’s the way it should work.

Democratic Baltimore Mayor-Elect Brandon M. Scott: I want to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on bringing their historic victory home. I also want to thank all of the poll workers and every single person who participated in this election. We have so much work to do to fulfill the promise of America for all, but I am ready to partner with this new administration to help us realize that promise in our city and beyond.

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Democratic incoming Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby: Democracy has spoken but safety must win today. Please celebrate responsibly with social distancing and mask up at ALL TIMES. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have become infected with #COVID19 in the past few days. We must take the real story of today SERIOUSLY. #MaskUp

The Associated Press contributed to this report.