'Drinking bourbon before noon,' and other Michigan reactions to Biden-Harris win

November 07, 2020, 12:49 PM

With shouts out loud and on social media, as well as horn honks and raised glasses, Michigan Democrats and many others welcome news that nearly four days of awaiting a presidential election winner are over.

The Associated Press and all TV networks Saturday project Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania, giving him at least 273 electoral votes and making him poresident-elect. Biden plans a televised address this evening at a time to be announced.

"Trying to absorb this moment," tweets Alexis Wiley, the Detroit mayor's chief of staff. "It's pretty amazing."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, posts: "Breathe. Heal. Then, let's get to work." 

Here are more reactions from Michiganians on an sunny, warm Saturday in all senses:

► Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: "I look forward to working with both of them as we continue to fight the spread of Covid-19, work to rebuild our economy and save lives. Now, with the election behind us, it's time ... to unite against our common enemy: Covid-19." (Full statement)

► Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn: "I have no doubt that John Dingell is smiling down on our country today."

Sen. Debbie Stabenow: "Whether you voted for him or not, President Biden will be a president for all Americans. We have no time to lose. ... We face many issues—from a deadly pandemic, to the resulting economic fallout, to the climate crisis. These issues don’t just affect red or blue states—they affect us all." (More in two tweets)

► Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist: "Cannot wait to work with this team. America’s team."

► Detroit mayoral chief of staff: 

► Sen. Gary Peters: "Now let's go build back better."

Dexter blogger and progressive activist:

Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township: "I look forward to a Biden-Harris administration containing this pandemic and giving American workers the fair shake they have been denied for decades. Let's go!"

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit: "Even the sun feels different, y'all. I feel relief, but excitement because this movement has more to offer beyond Election Day.  I can't wait to do this work with justice seekers on the ground who inspire me every day."

► Rochelle Riley, Detroit arts/culture director: "I am so happy that dignity and compassion will return to the White House. We can once again be revered as a country around the world."

► Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield: "The American people voted in record numbers to restore the soul of this nation.

► Candice Fortman, executive director of Outlier Media:

Detroit's mayor:

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