Mitt Romney reacts to Joe Biden winning presidential race – Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — As multiple national news outlets called the presidential election for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday morning, Utah leaders took to social media to react.

“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead,” Republican Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said that the U.S. “will see integrity in America again.”

“I am relieved that progress for @SLCoGov will again have back up from our federal government,” Wilson tweeted.

Former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. also congratulated Biden and Harris on their win on behalf of him and his wife.

“Mary Kaye and I congratulate our new POTUS/VPOTUS-elect. Transitions in power are a moment of celebration for some but high anxiety for others. The Joe Biden I know will embrace all Americans with calm and a much needed sense of humanity. Let’s heal our wounds,” Huntsman tweeted.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said she is “elated” with the news.

“As President-elect Biden spoke last night his words touched my heart, as I know it did many, ‘We may be opponents — but we are not enemies. We are Americans.’ I’m looking forward to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris working to unify and heal our country,” Mendenhall tweeted.

The Utah Democratic Party also shared a congratulatory tweet to Biden and Harris.

“Congratulations, President-Elect Biden! #46 #BidenHarris,” the Utah Democratic Party tweeted.

“Our next Vice President, Kamala Harris! Congratulations! #BidenHarris,” the party added.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill celebrated the “firsts” that took place with Biden’s victory.

“Biden Wins! America Wins! A Black-Indian Woman as VP! So many essential firsts! This is America!! Now the work of healing and leadership for ALL in our Nation begins,” Gill posted in a list-format tweet.

Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley City, tweeted congratulations to Biden along with a photo of Winder with the new president-elect.

“Congratulations to President-Elect @JoeBiden. As a Republican, I will be watching very closely to see if you will be true to your word to be a president for blue AND red states. As an American, I will be praying for your success as you take the helm of our divided nation. #utpol,” Winder said.

Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, also shared her congratulations to Biden and Harris on their “historic win.”

Former Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis also celebrated the news.

“Our long nightmare is over. Let us now fulfill the vision of President Reagan, who said in his farewell address, ‘America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere…’ And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still,’ Pres Ronald Reagan #utpol,” Dabakis tweeted.

This story will be updated throughout the day.