KSAT: Texas politicians, celebrities react to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris winning presidential election

SAN ANTONIO – Texas politicians and celebrities are taking to social media and congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on winning the presidential election after four days of ballot counting in the race for the White House.

When most Americans went to bed after Election Day, the race for the White House was still hotly contested and both candidates said they believed they would come out victorious.

On Saturday, four days after the election and as most states finalized election returns, The Associated Press reported that Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States.

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-HD35) released the following statement following Biden and Harris’ win:

“This is a day of hope, celebration, and new opportunities. A majority of Americans have pulled us back from the abyss into which Donald Trump has been plunging our democracy. President-elect Biden will be making every reasonable effort to reach across the great divide and bring our country more together. This week, he has again shown the clear difference between a leader and a loser. Never believing in science, Trump is now refusing to believe in math.

Despite his flailing, we begin the countdown of 74 dangerous days until he is out of office. Then, we move forward to respond to multiple crises and attempt to restore some of what we have lost, with the constraint of a Republican Senate. With Vice President Kamala Harris, we send a message to the world—diversity is our strength—as this South Asian American and African American woman is a vital leader in saving and enhancing our democracy.”

Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement following Biden and Harris’ win:

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus extends our most heartfelt congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a landmark election and winning the battle for the soul of our nation. Latino communities were essential to this victory and are a core part of the American story. We look forward to partnering with the Biden administration to bring our nation together, recover from the coronavirus crisis, and build back better.

The United States must once again be a beacon of hope for immigrants and refugees around the world. We share a vision for an America where everyone counts — no matter who you are or where you’re come from, everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

We hope in the days ahead to help assemble the most inclusive transition and the most diverse administration in U.S. history, and we’re confident that Latinos and Latinas will be well represented at every level. Millions of people, particularly Latinos and immigrants, have suffered during the last four years, and we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to lift up folks who have been left out, invest in underserved communities, and keep families together.

The election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris fills our hearts with hope for a better future. This is a new day in America.”