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Joe Biden calls New Jersey governor Phil Murphy and Virginia election loser Terry McAuliffe 


White House ‘congratulates’ Youngkin for his victory in Virginia: Karine Jean-Pierre says Biden hopes to work with GOP governor-elect but didn’t include him in his list of victory calls

  • Biden phoned three Democrats who prevailed on Tuesday night
  • Among them was Murphy, who survived a tight election challenge
  • He also called New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams and Rep-elect Shontel Brown (Ohio)
  • He called defeated candidate former Gov. Terry McAuliffe
  • White House didn’t say whether he called victory Glenn Youngkin 


President Joe Biden called some of the winners of Tuesday night’s elections, the White House said – but rang former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe rather than the new political star of the night Republican Glenn Youngkin.

‘They have not spoken. But the president congratulates Gov.-elect Youngkin on his win,’ White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday.

The president rang incoming New York Mayor Eric Adams as well as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who survived an election shock when Republican Jack Ciattarelli in a state Biden carried by 16 percentage points.

Biden also called Rep.-elect Shontel Brown, who was elected to fill a seat vacated by Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge. 

President Joe Biden has not yet phoned Republican Glenn Youngkin, but the White House said he congratulates Youngkin on his Virginia win

But the president congratulates Gov.-elect Youngkin on his win,' White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday

But the president congratulates Gov.-elect Youngkin on his win,’ White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday

‘He congratulated them on their victories this week and committed to continue working closely to build back better, grow jobs and the economy, and expand opportunities for working families across the country,’ according to a White House official.

‘They additionally spoke of the continued need to defeat COVID-19 and get Americans vaccinated.’

‘President Biden also spoke to Governor Terry McAuliffe and thanked him for a hard fought campaign, as well as his many years of service to both the Democratic Party and the United States of America,’ the official added.

That call put Biden in touch with a longtime Democratic Party figure who has been a top fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as a former one-term governor of Virginia.

The White House did not say in the statement that Biden called Youngkin, who defeated McAuliffe by blasting the Democrat on school issues including curriculum and critical race theory – even as he declined to back Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud.

President Joe Biden phoned a trio of Democrats after Election Night

President Joe Biden phoned a trio of Democrats after Election Night

DailyMail.com has asked the White House if Biden had reached out to Youngkin. 

The White House announced the calls a day after Biden blamed the loss in part on Trump’s conservative supporters turning out, but declined to say it would have made a difference if Democrats who control Congress had acted on his agenda in time.

‘I think it should have passed before Election Day, but I’m not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out and the red districts who were Trump voters. But maybe,’ Trump said at a White House event.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Thursday: ‘It was not a good night’ 

“Yesterday, President Biden spoke to Mayor-elect Eric Adams, Governor Phil Murphy, and Congresswoman-elect Shontel Brown.

Whether or not he got a congratulatory call, Youngkin continued bashing Democrats Thursday. 

He told Harris Faulkner on Fox News: ‘It is really interesting … to hear Democrats after the election continue to ignore the concerns of parents, continue to say parents are not telling the truth when they are concerned about Critical Race Theory. It is amazing that they aren’t listening to the American people about inflation and open borders.’

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