News outlets call race for Joe Biden as next president

Former Vice President Joe Biden at Drew University, March 29, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
President Joe Biden, addressing Drew University before he declared his candidacy, March 29, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


CNN, the Associated Press, Fox News and other news outlets called the presidential race for Joe Biden on Saturday morning, projecting he will win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes and deny President Trump a second term.

Fox News calls election for Joe Biden, Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden issued this statement:

I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris.

In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.

With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.

It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.

We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.

Stealing a page from Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden poses for a selfie at Montclair State University, Sept. 5, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Stealing a page from Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden poses for a selfie at Montclair State University, Sept. 5, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Sen. Kamala Harris will become America’s first Black vice president, and the first woman to serve in that role.

President Trump, meanwhile, was not ready to concede.  Continuing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and vowing to press his legal battle on Monday, he issued a statement that began:

We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over.

Trump’s campaign website, meanwhile, showed this:

President Trump’s campaign site, Nov. 7, 2020.

He tweeted this on Saturday morning, before news outlets called the race for former Vice President Biden:

Here’s more, from the New York Times.

And here are some other reactions.

Former President Barack Obama:

Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

In President-elect Joe Biden, Americans elected a leader ready on Day One to finally begin to crush the coronavirus so we can safely reopen our economy and schools.  In President-elect Biden, the American people delivered a mandate for lower health costs, a mandate for creating bigger paychecks by rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and a mandate for cleaner government that works for the public interest, not the special interests.  And in President-elect Biden, they have elected a unifier who values faith, family and community, and who will work tirelessly to heal our nation.

Gov. Phil Murphy:

More than anything, I look forward to honor and honesty being restored to the Presidency. May we never turn back.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), former presidential candidate:

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.):

President-elect Biden has spent his life in service to this country. It is that experience that will help us bring this virus under control, rebuild our economy, and restore the soul of the nation. I have been waiting my entire life to see a woman in the White House, and I couldn’t be more thrilled than to have Kamala Harris as our Vice President. I look forward to working with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to secure a better future for New Jersey families and all Americans across the country.

This story has been updated with comments from President Obama and others.

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