Biden’s running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is projected to become vice president, making her the first woman, Black person and person of South Asian descent to do so.
All three major networks, CNN, Fox News, The Associated Press and The New York Times called the race for Biden on Saturday morning.
The news comes following reports that President Donald Trump will not concede the election. Trump is projected to become the first incumbent president to lose the election since 1992, when George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton.
Trump was at golfing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia when he lost the election.
The AJC will continue posting live updates on the race’s developments throughout the day.
8:55 p.m.: Biden says he will get the coronavirus under control in the U.S.
8:50 p.m.: “To all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight," Biden said. "I’ve lost a couple times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. Lower the temperature. See each other again.”
8:44 p.m.: Speaking to the nation as president-elect, Biden vowed to unite the country, thanking his supporters — including Black voters who he said “have always had my back,” — his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, his children and grandchildren.
“There is an outpouring of joy, hope, faith and a renewed promise for a better day," he said. “I’m humbled by the confidence you placed in me. I vow to be a president who does not seek to divide, but to unify.”
8:30 p.m.: In her comments addressing the nation as vice president-elect, Kamala Harris began her speech by quoting the late Rep. John Lewis, saying, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act.”
“We the people have the power to build a better future," she said. "And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America.”
7:25 p.m.: Mexican President Lopez Obrador says he will “wait for all legal issues to be resolved” before he speaks on the election in a video posted on Twitter.
5:37 p.m.: President Trump falsely tweeted that he won the election with “71,000,000 legal votes.” President-elect Biden has over 74,000,000 votes and has reached the 270 Electoral College votes to be elected president.
5 p.m.: NBC announced that portions of Saturday’s game between Clemson and Notre Dame will move to USA Network when NBC News starts coverage of President-elect Biden’s speech around 8 p.m.
4:15 p.m.: A Harris aide confirmed Vice President-Elect Harris has spoken to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, reports Jennifer Epstein with Bloomberg News. They also confirmed she spoke to former President Barack Obama
2:25 p.m.: Republican Rep. for Pennsylvania Mike Kelly tweets about “investigations into voting irregularities,” although no such irregularities have been substantiated.
1:40 p.m.: Symone Sanders, senior adviser to Biden, said, “Donald Trump does not get to decide the winner of elections. The people decide, voters in the country decide, as we have long said, and voters have made their choice very clear," James Hohmann with The Washington Post reported.
1:15 p.m.: More world leaders respond to the projected election of Biden and Harris.
12:40 p.m.: Judd Deere, the Trump administration’s Deputy Press Secretary, said there are “no scheduling updates at this time" when asked about Trump calling Biden, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.
12:25 p.m.: Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau send congrats to Biden and Harris.
11:30 a.m.: Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania.