Philadelphians Rejoice as They Become Key for Joe Biden Taking the Lead in Pennsylvania
On the morning of Friday, November 6, Philadelphians took to the streets to celebrate the announcement of Joe Biden leading in the state of Pennsylvania.
The election took a drastic turn as Pennsylvania continued to tally outstanding ballots pulling former Vice President Biden to the race head. Such an occurrence caused the Democratic citizens of Philadelphia to rejoice and come to realize they might play a significant role in this election.
The Count the Vote party at 12th & Arch is going strong! pic.twitter.com/u6QScanni5— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) November 6, 2020
At the moment of the announcement, Biden held 253 electoral votes. Winning Pennsylvania would place the candidate pass the 270 Electoral College vote threshold, solidifying his position in the White House.
Back at the Philly convention center, where it’s celebration vibes this morning. “it’s time for this administration to surrender for democracy” declared a speaker at the count every votes protest. “if you come for Philadelphia, we’ll come for YOU” pic.twitter.com/iBJJ4yFqVz— Amber Jamieson (@ambiej) November 6, 2020
The New York Times spoke with Bernadette Golarz, a 36-year-old nurse and citizen of Philadelphia, who was celebrating the news. Golarz expressed her joy by saying, “We want to make sure that our voters are counted and that our democracy is not stolen from us. We’re celebrating everybody’s right to vote and the fact that we all showed up to put him out.”
On Twitter, we can see Philadelphians coming together at the Pennsylvania convention center. Split into two; Republicans demand to see the votes, while Democrats sing and dance.
Huge crowds outside the Pennsylvania convention center again today. Split again into two sides – one side is pro-Trump chanting “show us the votes” (there’s a 24 hr livestream of vote counting). The other side is a jubilant dance party cheering “count every vote” pic.twitter.com/ObQ9pfphOS— Sam Levine (@srl) November 6, 2020
There is nothing but pride in the people of Philadelphia as they demonstrate the power of democracy. Helen Gym, a member of the Philadelphia City Council, said to The New York Times, “We’re going to show this country that Philadelphia was big enough to take on this entire nation.”
When democracy’s on the line, Philly shows up! Count. Every. Vote. pic.twitter.com/wBbNMzoz75— Helen Gym (@HelenGymAtLarge) November 6, 2020
This year’s election will undoubtedly go down in history, and Philadelphia will showcase as an essential piece of the race.