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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4:14 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Here's a look at how people are celebrating Biden's win across the US

From California to New York, people are celebrating President-elect Joe Biden's projected win today.

Here's what those celebrations looks like:

California

People celebrate in Oakland, California.
People celebrate in Oakland, California. Noah Berger/AP

Delaware

Biden supporters celebrate outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden was scheduled to speak later on November 7.
Biden supporters celebrate outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden was scheduled to speak later on November 7. Gabriella Demczuk for CNN

Florida

People celebrate in Miami on November 7.
People celebrate in Miami on November 7. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

New York

People react to the news in New York's Central Park.
People react to the news in New York's Central Park. Caitlin Ochs/Reuters

Pennsylvania

People celebrate in Philadelphia after Joe Biden was projected to win the presidential election on Saturday, November 7.
People celebrate in Philadelphia after Joe Biden was projected to win the presidential election on Saturday, November 7. Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Washington, DC

People gather at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC, after Biden's victory was announced.
People gather at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC, after Biden's victory was announced. Alex Brandon/AP

4:04 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

DACA recipient calls Biden's victory a moment of "hope"

Ambar Pinto, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipient, celebrated Joe Biden's victory with scores of others in Washington, DC, this afternoon.

"It's a moment of a lot of emotion and a lot of hope," Pinto told CNN. "We took Trump out of office and now there's hope and a future for immigrants."

Some context: In early August, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told lawmakers he stands by the Trump administration decision to limit the DACA program following the Supreme Court's decision in June.

"In no way did the Supreme Court decision tell the department to process new DACA applicants," Wolf told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Legal experts have opposed that argument, saying that the decision allowed for new applicants and a Maryland judge eventually directed the administration to take new applications.

In July, Wolf issued a memo saying that new applications for DACA, the Obama-era program that shields certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, would not be accepted and renewals would be limited to one year instead of two amid an ongoing review.

4:08 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Atlanta erupts in celebration after Biden's victory

From CNN's Leinz Vales

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Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris flocked to midtown Atlanta, Georgia, to celebrate their projected victory over President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. 

“This is a very progressive, liberal, young, growing community of mid-town Atlanta and you can see right after we made our projection today, this area, which is the center of Atlanta started off in a spontaneous celebration,” CNN’s Gary Tuchman said as he stood among a large crowd of Biden supporters. 

“It has been absolutely jubilant and it’s quite a unique celebration seeing this very busy section of Atlanta so full of people having a good time celebrating,” Tuchman added. 

Remember: CNN is yet to project a winner in Georgia. There are 16 electoral votes at stake in the state.

See video from Atlanta:

4:02 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Kamala Harris spoke with Pelosi and Hillary Clinton

From CNN's Arlette Saenz

Along with her conversation with President Barack Obama, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today, a campaign aide says.

3:58 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Giant eagle seen in the streets of Philadelphia because America

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@kylieacooper/Twitter

A giant man-made eagle was seen parading around the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Trump today.

The city is home to the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team which won the Super Bowl in 2018 and currently has a record of 3-4-1.

3:51 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Cindy McCain congratulates Biden: "I know Joe will unify the country toward a better future"

Cindy McCain, the widow of longtime Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, tweeted her congratulations for President-elect Joe Biden for his projected win over President Trump.

McCain endorsed Biden in September after she appeared in a video about Biden's relationship with McCain at the Democratic National Convention in August.

Today, McCain said she knows "Joe will unify the country toward a better future."

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a longtime Trump critic who has before argued that the Republican Party should not support Trump in the 2020 election, also welcomed Biden's win.

3:39 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden supporters flock to Miami's iconic Freedom Tower

From CNN's Sara Weisfeldt and Rosa Flores

Hundreds of Joe Biden supporters flocked to the iconic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami today to celebrate his victory over President Trump.

Freedom Tower is considered the “Ellis Island of the South” for its role in welcoming Cubans who fled Fidel Castro’s communist regime.

The Cuban-American vote is credited with slimming Biden’s edge in Miami-Dade County.

And on the day Biden was projected to be president, hundreds drove to Freedom Tower to honk their horns, wave their “Biden 2020” signs, while others sang “We Are The Champions.”

4:10 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Delaware Democrat celebrates hometown President-elect Joe Biden

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons speaks with CNN on Saturday, November 7.
Delaware Sen. Chris Coons speaks with CNN on Saturday, November 7. CNN

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said his state is “jubilant” about the Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris’ victory. 

“There were tears of joy, cow bells, cars honking, people cheering in my neighborhood when the announcement was made that a number of major news organizations had called the election for Joe Biden,” Coons told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

The first state in the union has never elected a president in United States history, Biden will be its first.

“Joe Biden is not just a Delawarean,” Tapper said. “He is the most famous Delawarean in the world.” 

Coons, one of Biden's first congressional endorsers for his presidency and his successor in the Senate, went on to explain why the Biden-Harris victory is "historic."

“This is an historic day not just for Joe and Delaware, but for Kamala Harris and for all of us who are excited to see the first Black woman who is the daughter of immigrants ascend to the vice presidency,” Coons said.

Watch Sen. Coons reaction:

3:32 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Kamala Harris' sister on her win: "I am so very proud of you, sis"

From CNN’s Jasmine Wright

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ sister Maya tweeted to her sister “Madam Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. I am so very proud of you, sis.”

Read the tweet: