Joe Biden elected president

By Fernando Alfonso III and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 0427 GMT (1227 HKT) November 9, 2020
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9:33 a.m. ET, November 8, 2020

Biden will become the 46th US president, CNN projects

From CNN's Stephen Collinson and Maeve Reston,

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 Trump's exhausting and manic single term.

In a written statement Saturday, Biden 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."

See the moment CNN's Wolf Blitzer made the projection: