Election 2020: Officials in Tennessee, Virginia react to presidential election results

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(WJHL) – Many lawmakers, leaders, and groups across Tennessee and Virginia took to social media to react to the announcement after the presidential race was called by multiple outlets for Joe Biden on Saturday.

Tennessee

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the counting of votes in the presidential election, after sources projected Joe Biden’s victory over Trump:

“After counting every valid vote and allowing courts to resolve disputes, it is important to respect and promptly accept the result. The orderly transfer or reaffirming of immense power after a presidential election is the most enduring symbol of our democracy.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) 
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said in a statement Saturday that votes will continue to be counted after Biden was announced the projected winner of the election. Read her full statement below:

“President Trump is right – the American people deserve transparency and accountability in our elections. We need to ensure that every legal vote is counted – while illegally cast ballots are not counted – and that reports of irregularities are thoroughly examined.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senator-elect Bill Hagerty, who is set to replace Sen. Alexander, said in a statement to News Channel 11 that he is contributing to President Donald Trump’s legal defense fund.

“America is the greatest country in the world, we must ensure our election system is fair and transparent. President Trump and his team have been fighting to protect the integrity of the ballot box. I donated to the President’s legal defense fund, and I will continue to support his efforts. ”

Senator-elect Bill Hagerty
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 — the day he won the GOP primary for Senate — in Brentwood, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said that he believes voters on both sides remain concerned in regard to the vote counts.

“I think what all of us want — both sides, Republicans and Democrats — is that every legal vote is counted and the election’s certified, then the winner will be declared,” Roe said. “We saw Fox and other news outlets declare Arizona in the Biden column four days ago, and that race has gotten very narrow and very close. I think there are some discrepancies right now. So, once that’s happened — that’s how elections work — then certainly it will be over, and we will all congratulate President-elect Biden.”

Phil Roe
FILE – In this July 17, 2018, file photo, House Veterans Affairs Chair Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., speaks during a subcommittee hearing about the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act on Capitol Hill in Washington. Roe on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 announced that he will retire at the end of the 116th Congress. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Congresswoman-elect Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.) brought up illegalities tied to the counting of votes during the 2020 election in a statement Sunday.

“Trust is the foundation of our Democracy. There are numerous allegations of illegal voting across multiple states. Everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, should support investigating these allegations so that the American people know their President was selected in a fair and unbiased manner. I encourage and support our President’s court challenge which will ensure every legal vote is counted in a fair and transparent process.”

Congresswoman-elect Diana Harshbarger
Diana Harshbarger (WJHL)

Virginia

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement congratulating Biden:

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!” 

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
FILE – In this March 1, 2020 file photo former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe walks up to the stage as he prepares to introduce Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va. McAuliffe has filed paperwork to run for his old job next year but says he’s still hasn’t made an official decision yet. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement offering his congratulations to the Biden Harris campaign:

“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.”

Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03)

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) urged the country to come together in a social media post after the election results announcement.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., talks with reporters before attending the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Virginia Senator Tim Kane (D-Va.) shared his congratulations with the president-elect, as well as vice president-elect Kamala Harris.

Mike Lee, Tim Kaine
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., joined at left by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with reporters just after the Senate advanced a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senator Ben Chafin (R-Va.) took to social media Sunday to show support for President Trump.

Sen. Ben Chafin

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