Butterfield congratulates Biden, Harris

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Wilson’s congressman pledged his “unequivocal support” for President-elect Joe Biden after vote counts cleared the path to victory on Saturday. 

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, released a statement congratulating Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, declaring “the voices of the American people have won.”

“In a historic voter turnout, Americans elected Joe Biden to serve as the 46th president of the United States of America. Biden promised that he would represent and serve all of America, including those who didn’t vote for him; showing an admirable and necessary attribute needed for a national leader. Now, it is time to get to work for the good of all Americans. It’s time to restore civility, decency and bipartisanship to the legislative process.”

National news outlets called the race for Biden after the former vice president won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, pushing him over the 270-vote threshhold needed to claim the White House. 

President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded, citing pending court challenges that allege voting irregularities in battleground states. Results are considered unofficial until states certify their tallies following post-election canvasses. The Electoral College vote to formally elect a president is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Butterfield, who defeated Republican challenger Sandy Smith to win a ninth term representing North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, said he intends to vote on a COVID-19 pandemic stimulus bill before Biden takes office on Jan. 20. 

“Joe Biden has promised to prioritize the challenges surrounding the pandemic, and it is imperative that we pass COVID relief legislation during the lame duck session so that the immediate needs of the American people are addressed,” Butterfield said. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to deliver for the people, and I pledge my unequivocal support as he takes the reins of power to lead this nation.”

Court-ordered redistricting in November 2019 that changed the 2nd Congressional District’s contours also reshaped the 1st District for 2021, dropping Durham and adding Nash County and western Wilson County.