EUGENE, Ore. --- People from coast to coast have taken to the streets to celebrate and protest the announcement of Joe Biden as president-elect.
After days and days of waiting, many people in Eugene said they felt a sense of relief.
Eugene resident Dana Fleming described how she felt when she woke up Saturday morning.
“Just complete elation,” Fleming said. “Thank you, God. Thank you, universe. Thank you citizens of this country for voting for decency, human rights, compassion and ethics. I’m just so excited to especially have the first woman vice president in this country… a black woman, an Asian woman and that is historical. I am extremely excited for Kamala and Joe.”
Dozens of people rallied in Eugene outside the federal courthouse around 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate what they call a “free and fair election.”
The event was put on by the Community Alliance of Lane County, and the group Rise! Dance! Resist! danced during the rally.
“It’s been a long 4 years,” Eugene resident Susan Lanza said. “I feel something missing, and it’s that weight, fear, heaviness, bullying, anger, name calling and divisiveness. I feel hope renewed and possibility for unity.”
Eugene resident Angie Byers said she wishes the community could see eye-to-eye.
“I hope people driving by that didn't have a representative win today know that we’re for them too,” Byers said. “We’re happy today. We’re happy, because we feel like the right thing happened. We’re there for them too.”
Other Eugene residents said although Biden is president-elect, this is only the beginning of a long journey.
“I’m worried that some people are going to see this as an actual win,” Black Unity organizer Midas Well said. “They’re going to go home, and they’re going to stop fighting. I think my biggest thing now is to make sure people realize that this is day one. Now, we can actually start getting some work done.”
While many celebrated Saturday, others said the election is not over yet.
Ben Ehrlich is the Vice President of the University of Oregon College Republicans.
“Right now what we are fighting for is some transparency in our elections,” Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich joined the group in October of his freshman year on campus.
“At the end of the litigation that the president is pursuing, if Joe Biden still has the majority of the legal votes, we will accept the results 100%,” Ehrlich said. “Right now, we are just asking for some transparency.”
The Oregon Republican Party released a statement Saturday afternoon.
“The Presidential election is not resolved,” Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier said. “We live under the rule of law, not the rule of the news media or big tech companies that have censored Republicans and promoted grossly inaccurate opinion polls for months that declared this election over before a single vote was cast.”
The statement continued by stating that this election is far from over.
“We continue to stand with President Trump and with the rule of law,” Currier said. “One thing is for sure, mobs of Biden voters in the streets will neither hold sway over our court system nor over the integrity of our election recounts. The more than 70 million voters who cast their ballots for the President and other Republicans up and down the ballot deserve a fair election.”