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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1:12 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden has to listen to Republicans who feel forgotten, former GOP governor says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York on April 10, 2019.
Former Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York on April 10, 2019. Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM/Getty Images

John Kasich, former Republican governor of Ohio who has spoken in support of Biden, says that President-elect Joe Biden will work to unify the country — but he will need to listen to Republicans’ concerns, particularly around the economy.

“Now is the time for Democrats — and I believe Joe Biden will do this — to begin to listen to what the other half of the country has had to say. I think that the other half of the country, in many respects, has felt as though they have not been listened to. They feel stuck economically, and it's going to be up to the Democrats to listen,” Kasich said during CNN's special coverage.

“If all sides can begin to really listen and think, this country can be healed, in my opinion,” Kasich added. 

Kasich said he predicts Biden will govern as a moderate. He said that he believes Congress can get deals done on climate change, tax policy and infrastructure, but it should be focused on helping middle-to-lower income Americans. 

“The far left can push him as hard as they want. And frankly, the Democrats have to make it clear to the far left that they almost cost him this election. That people in this country are basically center, center right, center left. They're not far left and they're also not far right. We've got to hope the far right will act responsibly now that this election is over,” Kasich added.

1:10 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Obama: "I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden"

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belle Isle on October 31, in Detroit, Michigan.
Former President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belle Isle on October 31, in Detroit, Michigan. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

"I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden," Obama writes.

“We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way. Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril,” he continued.

See his full statement:

1:12 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Multiple advisers say Trump's handling of Covid-19 doomed his reelection 

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Donald Trump holds masks before throwing them to supporters as he arrives to hold a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida, October 12.
President Donald Trump holds masks before throwing them to supporters as he arrives to hold a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida, October 12. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Three advisers to the President said Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was a massive factor in his election loss. A senior adviser said Trump's dismissive attitude and misinformation about the virus alienated senior voters who rejected the President's performance on Covid-19.  

The adviser said Trump could never understand elderly voters were the most at-risk for contracting and succumbing to the virus, making them fearful of how the President was responding to the pandemic. 

A separate adviser said Trump chose to reopen the economy rather than get the virus under control and suffered the consequences on Election Day.

 

1:15 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

New York governor: "After the darkness, division and hate of the past 4 years, America has spoken"

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the New York Stock Exchange on May 26, at Wall Street in New York City.
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the New York Stock Exchange on May 26, at Wall Street in New York City. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo congratulated President-elect Joe Biden today following his victory over President Trump.

"This is a historic day. After the darkness, division and hate of the past four years, America has spoken and rejected more of the same. Congratulations to my good friend President-elect Joe Biden and to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Today we go forward in hope and progress," the governor said in a statement.
1:05 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

One of the Republicans who ran against Trump in 2016 tweets congratulations to Biden

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination against Donald Trump in 2016, tweeted congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden.

"I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success," he wrote.

Here's his full message:

12:59 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

California governor: "This was truly the victory America needed"

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses the 2020 election while visiting the Golden State Warriors training facility, which is serving as a polling location, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Oakland, Calif.
Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses the 2020 election while visiting the Golden State Warriors training facility, which is serving as a polling location, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Oakland, Calif. Noah Berger/A

California Gov. Gavin Newsom congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and his "dear friend, and now Madame Vice President-elect," in a series of tweets today.

"This was truly the victory America needed, to be the America we know we can be. From America’s largest state: Congratulations to the next President and Vice-President of these United States, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris," Newsom tweeted.

Read more of the governor's tweets:

2:04 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Reactions are beginning to come in from political leaders around the world to the news that Joe Biden has won the US presidential election.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson:

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Facebook:

"Congratulations Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on your well-deserved win.

London looks forward to working with you — it's time to get back to building bridges, not walls. 🇺🇸 🇬🇧"

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg:

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa:

Claudia Lopez, mayor of Bogota, Colombia:

"You did it!

How proud that a woman, Afro, Indian, Jamaican, great professional and extraordinary leader, became the Vice Presidency of the United States for the first time!

With every woman who wins, we all win! #TheChangeIsImparable

They won! We won!"

        

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo:

India:

Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India’s main opposition Congress party:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: 

Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland:

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford:

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece:

Robert Abela, prime minister of Malta:

Germany:

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter:

"Good that finally we have some clear numbers. We look forward to working with the next US government. We want to invest in our cooperation for a new transatlantic beginning, a new deal."

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa:

France:

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted:

Ireland: 

The Irish premiere – known as the Taoiseach – Michael Martin said on Twitter:

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney:

1:09 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Van Jones on Biden transition: Grassroots groups that helped him win expect to have a seat at the table

On-air Analysis from CNN's Van Jones / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

CNN
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The Biden campaign will have to focus on inclusion as they look forward to their transition team, CNN's Van Jones said.

"Not just the left, I'm talking about the grassroots of this party. The people that you see out here," Jones noted.

"This was the Avengers versus Thanos ... You had every grassroots organization standing up," he said.

Jones noted groups like Mi Gente, Lucha, Mi Familia Vota, The Latino Victory Fund, the Latino grassroots groups, "they expect to have a seat at the table."

Jones also highlighted how Native Americans groups played a big role in Arizona. "The Native American community played a tremendous role ... These are groups that expect to be treated with respect because they are responsible for the victory," he added.

Finally, Jones discussed the African American and Black communities across the country and how they "threw down."

"You have a new infrastructure in the Black community," Jones explained.

"You have a massive movement around Biden that's going to want to be respected and seen and included. Not just left, but bottom up. And I think part of what has to happen is the bottom-up inclusion from the left does not have to come at the expense of bottom-up inclusion from working folks and Trump country. Those things can go side by side," he said.  

Watch Van Jones:

12:40 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Pelosi: "It's a time to heal and a time to grow together"

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, talks to reporters about Election Day results in races for the House of Representatives, at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC November 3.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, talks to reporters about Election Day results in races for the House of Representatives, at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC November 3. J. Scott Applewhite/AFP/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement praising Joe Biden's projected win.

“Today marks the dawning of a new day of hope for America. A record-shattering 75 million Americans cast their ballots to elect Joe Biden President of the United States – a historic victory that has handed Democrats a mandate for action," Pelosi said in the statement.

Pelosi also reacted on Twitter, saying "it's a time to heal and time to grow together."

See her tweet: