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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5:11 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Gates opening now for the Biden drive-in rally tonight

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

A Joe Biden supporter waits outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020.  
A Joe Biden supporter waits outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020.   Gabriella Demczuk for CNN

The cars have started to arrive in the parking lot of the Chase Center for the biggest show in Wilmington, Delaware, tonight: A drive-in rally for the victory rally for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“Welcome, welcome,” an advance staffer in a blue Biden-Harris mask, said to the first few cars. “Thank you for being here!”

It’s a hometown crowd, with longtime supporters and top contributors given preference. But most people were urged to watch from home, given the pandemic.

Biden is expected to deliver a call for unity in the face of the nation’s challenges. But there will be fireworks. A truck filled with the festive explosives has been parked all week at a neighboring baseball field. A light show from drones is also expected. And a confetti cannon, aides say.

The show is scheduled to begin around 8 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Biden’s eldest granddaughter Naomi Biden tweeted a photo showing the President-elect being embraced by his family. The caption reads “11.07.20.”

 

CNN's Arlette Saenz contributed to this post.

4:59 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Here's what could happen to Kamala Harris' Senate seat

Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee on June 16 in Washington, DC.
Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee on June 16 in Washington, DC. Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images

With Kamala Harris projected to be the next vice president-elect of the United States, her Senate seat will soon become vacant.

Here's what it means for the Senate and the state of California:

Under California law, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom would have the sole power to appoint a replacement for Harris. That appointee would serve until 2022, when Harris' term expires — at which point he or she would have to run for a full term in their own right.

CNN's Chris Cillizza looked at the potential candidates who could replace Harris. Here's the list he came up with:

  • Rep. Karen Bass
  • Attorney General Xavier Becerra
  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • Rep. Katie Porter
  • Rep. Adam Schiff

4:30 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins 1 electoral vote in Maine

President Trump will win one of Maine's four electoral votes, CNN projects, while Joe Biden will win three electoral votes.

Maine allows electoral votes to be split. In Maine, two of four electoral votes go to the statewide winner and one electoral vote goes to the winner in each of the two congressional districts.

CNN projected earlier that Biden has won the presidency after he carried Pennsylvania.

Who won in 2016: Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried the state with three electoral votes. President Trump received one electoral vote.

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

@kylieacooper/Twitter
@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.