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Biden projected by CBS News to win presidential election; Local & state leaders react

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 15:33:39-05

Joe Biden has been announced by CBS News as the projected winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, four days after Election Day.

A few swing states kept the nation waiting as votes were being counted past Election Day. Those states included Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada and Georgia; Pennsylvania was called for Biden Saturday morning, as was Nevada.

Now that Biden is the projected winner, local and state leaders for North Carolina and Virginia are releasing statements.

Here's a look at what some of them are saying:

Virginia

Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement via email:

"This election, Americans made a clear choice. They chose hope over fear, unity over division, and science over fiction. In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis, Americans expect us to lead. It is now our responsibility to fulfill that expectation by working with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on behalf of all Americans.

"Governing should be guided by the values and aspirations we share. The Committee on Education and Labor will continue fighting for equitable public education; strong workers’ rights; and quality, affordable health care. We look forward to working with all of our colleagues to pursue our shared goal: improving the lives of people from all walks of life."

Former Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe released the following statement:

Today there is sunshine across America as we congratulate our President-Elect and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

More Americans cast their ballots for Joe Biden than for any presidential candidate in history - making their voices heard loud and clear for unity, hope, and a better future for our nation. This all starts with defeating the coronavirus that is ravaging our communities and our economy.

I know that my friend Joe Biden will be a President for all Americans. He will protect our health care, build our economy back, invest in transforming education, protect civil and voting rights and fulfill the promise of our democracy that Donald Trump has threatened. There is much to be done, let’s get to work!

This is a developing story.