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Oklahoma Democrats Celebrate Biden Win; Many Republicans Not Acknowledging Trump Loss

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Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews speaks outside Tulsa County Democratic Party headquarters on Saturday shortly after the race was called for Joe Biden.

President Donald Trump matched his 2016 winning streak in Oklahoma, claiming victory in all of the state's 77 counties in this year's presidential contest. But that wasn't enough to stave off an Electoral College defeat, as Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next President and Vice President of the United States, respectively.

"We're here to celebrate the beginning of the restoration of the soul of America," said Alicia Andrews, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, at a press conference in Tulsa shortly after the race was called Saturday. "We're here just to make sure that we make a statement that we are grateful that America gets to begin again. We get to start healing."

"Not only do I just want everyone to take a moment to celebrate Joe Biden's win, but also to celebrate the fact that we have our first female vice president in the United States of America," said Amanda Swope, chair of the Tulsa County Democratic Party, at the same press conference.

The Tulsa County GOP wrote on Facebook Saturday, "We will wait until all the legal challenges work their way through the courts and a candidate concedes."

The Oklahoma Republican Party also has not yet accepted or acknowledged Trump's loss, writing "#ItsNotOver" on their Facebook page.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, a Republican, congratulated Biden and Harris on their victory, but a spokesperson for Republican Mayor G.T. Bynum of Tulsa declined comment, saying Bynum does not comment on presidential campaigns, noting he did not do so in 2016, either.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican representing Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District, wrote Saturday he is "not ready to concede this election," and posted a video to social media chastising "the media" for describing President-elect Biden as such.

Chris joined Public Radio Tulsa as a news anchor and reporter in April 2020. He’s a graduate of Hunter College and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, both at the City University of New York.
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