President BidenJoe Biden Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia Manchin collapse says he won’t vote to override Senate MP Carville blames ‘stupid awakening’ for Democratic losses MORE on wednesday i called Phil MurphyPhil MurphyMurphy narrowly wins re-election in New Jersey gubernatorial race New Jersey State Senate Chairman behind Republican trucker who spent 3 on campaign Democrats feel new urgency on Biden’s agenda after defeat of Virginia MORE, Eric Adams and Shontel Brown to congratulate the three Democrats on their victories in Tuesday’s off-year elections, a White House official said Thursday.
Murphy won a surprisingly close race to keep his post as governor of New Jersey. Adams was elected mayor of New York and Brown was elected to represent the Ohio 11th Congressional district, a seat vacated by Marcia fudgeMarcia FudgeShontel Brown Wins Special Election to Replace Marcia Fudge in Ohio House of Representatives District LIVE COVERAGE: Youngkin Wins Virginia; New Jersey Governor’s Race in a Biden Draw Reveals Last-Minute Endorsement of Ohio Special Congressional Election MORE, who is now Biden’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
“He congratulated them on their victories this week and pledged to continue working closely to rebuild better, grow jobs and the economy, and expand opportunities for working families across the country,” the official said. “They also spoke of the continued need to defeat COVID-19 and vaccinate Americans.”
Biden on Wednesday also spoke with the former governor. Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffe Democrats must stop infighting and four other lessons from the 2021 election Democrats feel new urgency on Biden’s agenda after Virginia defeat Republican optimism soars over Democratic debacle MORE, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia who lost to the Republican businessman Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House Republican Campaign Manager for Vulnerable Democrats: ‘Stand Down or Lose’ Fear of ‘Trump 2.0’ Not Enough for Democrats to Win, Says Former Legislator MORE in a competitive race on Tuesday. Biden and Vice President Harris were among a group of prominent Democrats who campaigned for McAuliffe.
Biden “and thanked him for a very close campaign, as well as for his many years of service in both the Democratic Party and the United States of America,” the White House official said.
It was not immediately clear if Biden has plans to speak with Youngkin.
The calls came after a painful night for the Democratic Party in the off-year elections. The victories of Murphy, Adams and Brown were among the few bright spots for Democrats Tuesday night. Murphy’s career came much closer than expected, raising concerns and then a sense of relief among Democrats when he was declared the winner Wednesday afternoon.
Biden briefly commented on the results in Virginia after a speech on coronavirus vaccines on Wednesday, saying he planned to push hard for Democrats in Congress to pass his national agenda.
“People are upset and unsure about a lot of things, from COVID to school, jobs, a wide range of things and the cost of a gallon of gas,” Biden said. “If I can… make my Build Back Better Initiative into law, I’m in a position where you’ll see a lot of those things improve quickly and quickly. And that has to be done. “