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Voters respond to announcement of president-elect Joe Biden

Posted at 8:21 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 19:54:01-05

Celebrations broke out throughout downtown San Luis Obispo Saturday morning following the announcement of former Vice President Joe Biden as projected winner of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Dozens gathered along Garden St. dancing to music and holding signs in support of the Biden-Harris campaign.

Many residents were overcome with emotions after a long awaited decision.

It has been an unprecedented year for voters, as mail-in ballots meant extended patience for the country, awaiting who would serve as leader.

Those in Biden's corner say they are ready for a change.

“We will be able to accomplish things as a nation, united and not divided," said Cynthia Fatzinger, manager at Patrick James.

Some, still question the validity of the voting process.

“I’ve also heard that there are discrepancies in some voting in certain states so I would like to see that resolved," said Carl Hamana, a Monterey resident.

A Biden victory also marks a historical first for California Senator Kamala Harris, who will serve as the nation's first female, first Black, and first South Asian-American Vice President.

“I know no matter what she does, I think that she’ll be considered a leader and somebody that a lot of us can look up to," said India Hoffman, a San Luis Obispo resident.

Many people rejoiced Saturday, relieved to have reached the end of a highly contentious election year.

“We’re hoping to see unity, we’re hoping to see healing, and we’re just glad it’s over. We’re just glad that Biden will be our next president," said Jason Le, a San Jose resident.

President Trump said in a statement that he does not accept the result of Tuesday's election saying in part, "Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated."