Joe Biden elected president

By Meg Wagner, Fernando Alfonso III, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 10:29 a.m. ET, November 8, 2020
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11:54 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

"He is in this fight," Trump campaign manager says

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, left, listens as President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3.
Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, left, listens as President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Moments before CNN projected that Joe Biden will win the presidency, President Trump's campaign manager insisted to staff that their candidate still has a path to victory. 

While providing an update on the legal challenges surrounding the election, Bill Stepien told officials:

"He is in this fight. He is in this fight...These are razor thin margins. We are not giving up the fight in these places. We are not giving up the fight."

It was a private call, but CNN was provided access by a source affiliated with the reelection effort. 

Stepien argued Trump still has a path to victory in Arizona and Pennsylvania while providing an overview of where things stand as vote counting is ongoing. 

He railed against the high volume of mail-in voting and insisted officials believe they stand “a very good chance” of emerging as the winner if the race proves to be close.

Stepien insisted the call wasn't about fundraising but then solicited donations to the legal defense fund. "Again, this is not a fundraising solicitation, but that is an avenue to help."

11:50 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden campaign manager was on a run when she heard the news

From CNN's Arlette Saenz and Sarah Mucha 

Biden Campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon was on a run. Her mother called to tell her about CNN’s call for Joe Biden, she said told the print pool in Wilmington, Delaware, as she returned.

Asked how she felt about Joe Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States, she said:

"Ecstatic – a great day for this county."
11:36 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden will move to unify the country in his speech tonight

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Joe Biden was spending the morning with his family at his home in Delaware when he saw the news that he was projected the winner of his native Pennsylvania and will be the 46th president of the United States.

He will address the nation tonight, an official tells CNN.

A line from Biden’s speech last night will be a theme of his remarks: “Never forget: the tallies aren't just numbers. They represent votes and voters, men and women who exercise the fundamental right to have their voice heard.”

11:56 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Dana Bash: Biden "made a comeback just this year like we've never seen"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

CNN
CNN

After CNN projected Joe Biden to win the presidency, Dana Bash said the "conventional" Biden path has been "so unconventional."

“He’s the most conventional of politicians, but in this election cycle his path has been so unconventional. Remember, he beat out the biggest, most diverse field in the Democratic primary and he is an older white man who did that," Bash said.

"He lost Iowa, he lost new Hampshire, and it was Democratic Black voters who saved him and propelled him to this point," Bash added.

Bash noted that Biden's promise to "heal" the United States will be an uphill battle.

"He made a comeback just this year like we've never seen. And also remember, Joe Biden is defined by his personal loss. His calling card is knowing how to heal himself and what he ran on and what he says he's going to do is try to heal this nation. Now he's got to turn his attention to that and, can you imagine a more arduous task?”

Watch CNN's Dana Bash react to projection:

11:48 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

These are the Presidents who have lost reelection

From CNN's Adam Levy

President Trump’s reelection defeat makes him the 11th sitting president in US history to lose the White House in a general election campaign.

Ten of those were outright reelection bids. Gerald Ford, who ascended to the presidency following Richard Nixon’s resignation, also lost his campaign to remain president in 1976.

The last president to lose a reelection bid was George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Grover Cleveland lost his reelection campaign in 1888 but won back the White House four years later by defeating sitting President Benjamin Harrison. He is the only president to have served two nonconsecutive terms.

This list does not include sitting presidents who did not receive their party's nomination for the next general election.

10 elected presidents lost their reelection campaigns:

  • John Adams (1797-1801; lost to Thomas Jefferson in 1800)
  • John Quincy Adams (1825-1829; lost to Andrew Jackson in 1828)
  • Martin Van Buren (1837-1841; lost to William Henry Harrison in 1840)
  • Grover Cleveland* (1885-1889; lost to Benjamin Harrison in 1888)
  • Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893; lost to Grover Cleveland in 1892)
  • William H. Taft (1909-1913; lost to Woodrow Wilson in 1912)
  • Herbert Hoover (1929-1933; lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932)
  • Jimmy Carter (1977-1981; lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980)
  • George H.W. Bush (1989-1993; lost to Bill Clinton in 1992)
  • Donald Trump (2016-present; lost to Joe Biden in 2020)

1 non-elected president lost in the following general election:

  • Gerald R. Ford** (1974-1977; lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976)

*Cleveland later won a second, nonconsecutive term

**Ford was not elected vice president or president

11:47 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Kamala Harris will be the country’s first female and first Black vice president

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Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Kamala Harris will be the United States’ next vice president, CNN projects.

She will be the first woman to hold the office. She will also be the nation’s first Black and South Asian vice president.

Harris, who has represented California in the Senate since 2017, is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, and she grew up attending a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple.

She was the first Indian-American and second Black woman to serve as a senator.

11:46 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

CNN PROJECTION: JOE BIDEN WINS THE PRESIDENCY

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, CNN projects, after a victory in the state where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

With Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, Biden now has a total of 273 electoral votes.

Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware's longest-serving senator.

Throughout his campaign, Biden has argued that the "soul of the nation" is at stake, and has promised that he would seek to heal a country fractured by Trump's presidency.

11:17 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

It’s crunch time in Pennsylvania. Here's where things stand.

On-air analysis from CNN's John King/ Written by CNN's Adrienne Vogt

A man watches on from the observers area as election workers count ballots at the Philadelphia Convention Center on November 6, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A man watches on from the observers area as election workers count ballots at the Philadelphia Convention Center on November 6, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

It’s “crunch time” in Pennsylvania, CNN’s John King says. 

Joe Biden leads by more than 28,000 in the Keystone State, with 3,336,887 votes to President Trump’s 3,308,054.

“When you're going that deep into the decimal points, that tells you you have a very close race. … It was a heavyweight fight four years ago — Donald Trump won it by 44,000 votes — it is a heavyweight fight this time as Joe Biden moves in,” King said.  

As ballot numbers from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are expected to be released today, “the question is can Joe Biden build up a little more to that lead to get to the point where the math tells you it is virtually impossible or impossible for the President to catch up,” King explained. 

Biden currently holds about 81% of the vote in Philadelphia. “This is where a Democrat has to have the big building block in the city of Philadelphia. But it's not just there. It's the suburbs around Philadelphia,” King said.

King noted that the numbers show that Biden did not flip a substantial amount of Trump voters in the state, including near his birthplace of Scranton.

“So you're not blowing it out, it's not a game-changing election, but you move the dial a little bit in a close state, that’s what makes the difference,” he said. 

11:17 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Trump arrives at his golf course as vote counting continues in key states

From CNN's Betsy Klein  

President Donald Trump walks to the motorcade on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7.
President Donald Trump walks to the motorcade on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, at about 10:30 a.m. ET, according to the reporters who travel with him. Meanwhile, voting results continue to get tallied.

This visit marks the 410th day Trump has spent at one of his namesake properties since taking office. It's the 299th day he's spent at a golf club, per CNN's tally.

Trump, who last golfed on September 27, is at his club as he waits to see if he will serve a second term. Based on the states CNN has projected so far, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden currently leads Trump by 253 to 213 electoral votes.

Results coming in from Pennsylvania in the next few hours could decide the election in Joe Biden's favor. With 20 electoral college votes, the Keystone State would put Biden over the 270 threshold needed to win the presidency. This could very well happen while Trump is on the golf course.

According to a reporter who saw him, Trump was dressed in a white "Make America Great Again" cap, windbreaker, dark slacks, a non-dress shirt and "shoes that look appropriate for golfing."

Meanwhile, the President continues to spread information on Twitter, baselessly claiming he has won the election, when, in fact, that determination has not yet been made.