LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington residents celebrated Joe Biden’s projected win of the presidency in Downtown Lexington on Saturday afternoon.
More 25 people stood at the corner of Triangle Park starting at 3 p.m. cheering and dancing because of the news.
"I feel pretty good. Super excited. It was a long five days, but we're happy it happened,” said Hannah Pierce.
"Really I feel like I can breathe again,” said Jessica Bowmen, who held a pride flag.
19-year-old Cynthia Berry echoed Bowmen’s sentiment. Berry said as a Black woman in America, she feels safer with Biden at the White House than she did with Donald Trump.
"I saw it was Biden and I was so excited. I was like, 'I don't have to live in fear anymore!'” Berry said. “To have Biden as President is very liberating for us because we don't have to feel as scared that our rights are going to be taken away or that we would be harmed in any type of way."
Kentucky Democrats took to social media to publicly congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Governor Andy Beshear tweeted in part, “Today the people of the United States were heard, and history was made.”
Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris, the first woman, Black person and Asian American elected to this position. Today the people of the United States were heard, and history was made.— Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) November 7, 2020
Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman also tweeted, “this election is historically significant as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the first woman and woman of color to win.”
1/2 Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden! America voted in record numbers, and this election is historically significant as Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris is the first woman and woman of color to win.— Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman (@LtGovColeman) November 7, 2020
Kentucky Republican leaders, including Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, have not reacted on social media as of the publication time of this article.