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

Giant eagle seen in the streets of Philadelphia because America

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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:

3:38 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Biden's win: "Democracy won out"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks with CNN on Saturday, November 7.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks with CNN on Saturday, November 7. CNN

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their win today. 

This election “was about whether or not we remain a country that believes in the Constitution, that believes in the rule of law and that believes in democracy,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “And thank God, democracy won out. So I just wish Joe and Kamala the very, very best in leading our country.” 

Sanders said Biden’s challenge will be bringing Americans together. 

“I don't envy Joe Biden in terms of the enormous, enormous challenges he faces, including systemic racism, including climate change, a crumbling infrastructure, you name it. That's what he's going to have to deal with. And our job right now is to bring people together, it seems to me, around an agenda that works for all people,” Sanders said. 

“The challenge is to reach out to people and say, ‘we hear your pain’ … Now it's time for working people to be heard and for their pain to be addressed,” Sanders added.

Biden has a “very strong mandate” to implement a progressive agenda around issues like immigration, the minimum wage and health care, Sanders said. 

“If you look at this country issue by issue, and what the American people want, they want an agenda that stands up for them, for working families — Black, White and Latino. That's the agenda they want, and they want Congress to have the courage to take on the powers that be,” Sanders said. 

Watch Sen. Sanders:

3:28 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Trump has returned to the White House

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Donald Trump returns to the White House on November 7 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump returns to the White House on November 7 in Washington, DC. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump’s motorcade arrived back at the White House at 3:13 p.m. ET, after spending the morning golfing at his golf course in Virginia.

Trump waved to the pool reporters as he walked back into the White House.

The President was on the golf course when CNN and other networks called the race for former Vice President Joe Biden.

3:02 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden supporter in North Carolina says she is "so proud and hopeful for the next generation"

From CNN's Dianne Gallagher

Among the people celebrating President-elect Joe Biden's victory today in Raleigh, North Carolina, was Nina Simone, who called his win a "relief."

“Tears. Tears streaming down my face. I am so proud and hopeful for the next generation," Simone told CNN. “Last couple of days, we’ve been very anxious. A lot of stress eating! The last four years, have been scary. We’ve been fearful. Even traveling here with my shirt on... I was fearful. What if somebody tried to do something?”

Simone added: “This is just one step, and it’s a battle ahead ... but it’s a good one”

2:57 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Crowds celebrate Biden's win outside Philadelphia City Hall

From CNN's Lauren Moore, Kate Bolduan and Mark Morales

President-elect Joe Biden's supporters flocked to Philadelphia City Hall today to celebrate his projected win over President Trump.

Sherry Viggs of Philadelphia, who held a sign that read “Good things happen in Philly," was one of those supporters. She said Biden's win “was just a release from stress, to know that the country would get back to civility and decency.”

Sherry Viggs of Philadelphia (left) celebrates President-elect Joe Biden's projected win.
Sherry Viggs of Philadelphia (left) celebrates President-elect Joe Biden's projected win. CNN/Lauren Moore

Reza Zergani, who worked as a poll worker in Montgomery County, said he was celebrating “Donald Trump getting kicked out of office.”

“For Donald Trump to say that they weren’t doing a good job—I was a poll worker in Montgomery County. We had protocols for people who didn’t want to wear a mask, we made sure that they could still vote,” he said.

Reza Zergani celebrates President-elect Joe Biden's projected win in Philadelphia.
Reza Zergani celebrates President-elect Joe Biden's projected win in Philadelphia.

Robert Moore chanted “Donald Trump is out, Donald Trump is out."

Asked what today means for him, he said, “It’s not about me, it’s about the whole United States of America.”

And what does this mean for Philadelphia, Moore went on to say that “You’re going to see. Stress off the people’s shoulders.”