HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Democrats across the nation and in Hawaii celebrated the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
In a statement posted online, US Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawaii, said:
“We took the time democracy deserved, and democracy chose Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Now the real work begins, of charting a better path forward for all Americans, of healing a bitterly divided country, of listening to and including the almost half of our fellow Americans who chose differently.”
”This work will be profoundly difficult. But today we all can reflect with pride and humility on the resilience of our democracy and recommit ourselves each in our own way to our own role and responsibility," he added.
On Twitter, US Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said the hard work begins to continue addressing the problems of the country.
Prior to Biden’s victory, US Sen. Mazie Hirono was hopeful about the outlook, saying, “I have no doubt that we’re going to make the kind of progress we have not been able to make under Trump, who has spent too much time dividing this country.”
Biden won nearly 64% of Hawaii’s votes, but in battleground states like Pennsylvania and Arizona, the numbers were down to the wire.
“Yes, Joe Biden won but it was a squeaker, I think a lot of political analysts, including me, thought he would have a slightly larger margin of victory,” HNN Political Analyst Colin Moore said.
“President Trump certainly did better than the polling would have indicated.”
While people across the country took to the streets to celebrate Biden’s victory, dozens of Donald Trump supporters on Oahu rallied outside of the Capitol even with drivers passing by giving a thumbs down.
“He’s not a person that lays down, he’s a fighter and he fought for us and it’s our turn to fight for him,” said Vikki Ferstler, of Kailua.
Meanwhile, Hawaii’s Republican Chair Shirlene Ostrov posted a statement on social media saying the race should not have been called before all votes are counted.
Moore, however, said it wasn’t too soon of a call. He added that networks in some cases were very cautious to call the result as they waited for Biden to hit the 0.5% victory in Pennsylvania.
“There’s no way that President Trump can come back from this deficit once Biden got to that 0.5% lead in Pennsylvania that’s pretty insurmountable,” said Moore.
With Trump promising legal challenges, supporters say, they want to see the law play out.
Moore says he hasn’t seen any indication of fraud and adds that the Supreme Court doesn’t really have a direct role in this. It will be up to the states to decide.
“I’m not surprised that most of the courts have thrown out these challenges already, there hasn’t been any fraud so that’s why the results are what they are,” said Moore.