NewsLocal News / November 7, 2020

Biden, Trump Supporters Gather At Statehouse, Monument Circle

Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis. - Downtown Indy

Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis.

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After more than three days of uncertainty, supporters of President Donald J. Trump and challenger Joseph R. Biden gathered in Indianapolis -- two of many rallies and spontaneous celebrations held across the country.

Hoosiers supporting Trump gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse, soon after the Associated Press called the race for former Vice President Biden. That “#StopTheSteal” rally was one of many planned to happen in every state.

The gathering took place without incident, and some car drivers honked in support.
Biden supporters gathered in the afternoon on Monument Circle.

Ethan Walker, 16, joined his mother to celebrate. He says he's excited about the future.

“It’s making me really happy right now just to see how many people are out here deciding what they want to do for the rest of the U.S.,” Walker said.

President-Elect, Biden will become the 46th president. He crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania, a lead that could still grow as ballots continue to be counted.

Kamala Harris also made history as the first Black woman to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the U.S. faces a reckoning on racial justice. The California senator, who is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government, four years after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

Some of Indiana’s elected officials responded to the news. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, a Democrat, congratulated Biden and Harris.

“Every child born today will grow up knowing, ‘Madame Vice President,’” Hogsett said in a Tweet. “And, like parents around the world, I'm inspired that my daughter is getting to see what we already knew: she can do anything.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb appeared not to have made any comment on the projection by early evening.

Response from federal lawmakers was split along party lines.

Republican Rep. Banks, who represents northeast Indiana, Twitted that Biden becoming president-elect was a “Big win for the beltway” — a reference to the professionals who live around Washington, D.C. that work with the government.

Democrat Rep. Andre Carson of Indianapolis said he wants to work with Biden and Harris.

This article will be updated. 

WFYI reporter Robbie Moscato-Goodpaster and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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