America has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president, CNN projects, turning at a time of national crisis to a man whose character was forged by aching personal tragedy and who is pledging to restore calm and truth after Donald Trump’s, exhausting and manic single term.
In a written statement after networks called the race, Biden, who is expected to address the American people later Saturday, said he was “honored and humbled” by the trust the American people have placed in him.
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America,” Biden said. “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.”
“We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
After four years of Trump’s incessant lies, bullying and vilification of his political opponents, Biden said he was running to restore the character of the nation and bring dignity back to the White House.
Biden, who turns 78 at the end of this month, will become the oldest president when he is inaugurated in January in the midst of the worst public health emergency in 100 years, the deepest economic slump since the 1930s and a national reckoning on racism and police brutality that is still unresolved.
Celebrations erupt around the US following Joe Biden’s victory.
Americans have flooded the streets to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden crossing the 270 electoral vote threshold.
In Philadelphia, a woman was spotted crying and saying, “I’m so happy. I don’t know what to do,” according to CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
Pennsylvania was the state to push Biden over 270 electoral votes.
Other celebrations were seen in New York City, Chicago and Atlanta. CNN