MD leaders react to presidential election results

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
Posted at 10:42 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 23:32:23-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Across the country, we’ve seen people react to the results of the presidential election: parades and celebrations in places. In others, people very upset, protesting the results. Here in Maryland, it’s been more quiet, except from our elected officials.

The states' Democrat leaders congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he hopes President Donald Trump will do the right thing and concede the election.

Baltimore City Mayor-Elect Brandon Scott put out a video statement on Twitter, congratulating the running mates and saying he’s looking forward to partnering with the new administration to move Baltimore forward.

"The work is just beginning now. We know that the next four years are not going to be easy. We still are going to have to push back on all the things we’ve seen the last four years," said Scott.

Hogan also congratulated the presumed winners, and on CNN Sunday morning, said he hasn’t seen any evidence of voter fraud that Trump is claiming.

"We want to make sure every single vote is counted fairly and I think there are legal processes if you think there are mistakes but I don’t think we are going to see anything that’s gonna overturn this election and I haven’t seen any evidence of widespread ... [fraud]. You know, this is the way our system works. Whether you like it or not, it’s time to get behind the winner of the race," said Hogan.

Hogan also said now is the time for Trump to acknowledge that he will concede.

"More and more people in my party are accepting the results and a number of people also did congratulate the president-elect and hopefully the presidents' team will do the right thing in the end," said Hogan.

For some, it’s not all about who won, but who voted.

"We are thrilled that so many people came out and voted. More than 200,000 people in Baltimore City," said Sam Novey.

Novey co-founded the nonprofit Baltimore Votes and said he hopes to continue seeing that kind of high voter turnout in the years to come.

"The problems we face in America are not one election type of problems so I know a lot of people got really mobilized for this election, that’s great. I would really encourage folks locally to get involved with Baltimore Votes or League of Women Voters or any of the organizations out there that are trying to build a stronger democracy," said Novey.

Inauguration Day is January 20.