NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, defeating President Donald Trump and paving the way to becoming the 46th president of the United States, multiple media outlets reported Saturday morning.
"I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris," Biden said in a statement. "In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America."
He added, "With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together."
Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, 56, of California, will be the first woman and first person of color to hold the office of vice president. It will also be the first time the country will have a second gentleman, Harris' husband Doug Emhoff.
Harris took to Twitter following the projection, posting a video of herself calling Biden: "We did it, we did it, Joe," she says to him. "You're going to be the next president of the United States."
The Trump campaign released a statement following the projection: "We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
Biden's former boss, former president Barack Obama said in a statement, he "could not be prouder" to congratulate Biden and Harris.
Obama added Biden has "got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way,” because he will enter the White House facing “a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has."
Acknowledging that the election revealed the nation remains bitterly divided, Obama said, "I know he’ll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote."
Trump's 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton, took to Twitter, writing, "The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together."
On Thursday, as votes in several states were still being counted, Biden told supporters in Wilmington, Delaware to be patient and that he expected to win the election.
"We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be the winners," the former vice president under Barack Obama said. "So, I ask people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed. And we will know soon."
Biden, 77, and wife Dr. Jill Biden, 69, live in the upscale Wilmington suburb of Greenville in a 6,850-square-foot home. They also own a three-story, six-bedroom home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Biden announced his candidacy for president on the Democratic ticket on April 25, 2019, in a YouTube video posted at 6 a.m.
"The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy...everything that has made America -- America --is at stake," Biden tweeted, along with the video. "That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States."
Harris ran against Biden during the Democratic primaries. She entered the Democratic presidential race on Jan. 21, 2019, during a "Good Morning America" appearance and in a video posted online by her campaign.
"The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values," she said in the video. "That’s why I’m running for president of the United States."
Harris and Biden took jabs at each other while campaigning, but it was an exchange at the June 27, 2019 debate in Miami that became one of the primary season's most buzzed-about moments.
At the debate, Harris criticized Biden for defending having worked with segregationists in the Senate and for once opposing mandatory busing of students to desegregated public schools.
Harris described a young girl in the 1970s who boarded such buses before dramatically saying to him, "That little girl was me."
About eight months after exiting the race, Harris was chosen by Biden to be his running mate. "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate."
After Biden announced he chose Harris, she tweeted, "@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief."
Harris' Brooklyn-born lawyer husband simply tweeted, "America, let’s do this!"
Harris in 2017 was sworn in as a U.S. Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget.
Prior to being a senator, Harris was the attorney general of California, becoming the first African-American and first woman to hold the position. She was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. And before holding that office, Harris was the district attorney of San Francisco, a position she was elected to in 2003.
Before being elected D.A., Harris served in the City Attorney of San Francisco's office and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
Prior to working in those offices, Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
Harris was born in Oakland, California to an Indian-born biologist mother who died in 2009 from colon cancer, and a Jamaican-born father who is a professor at Stanford University.
After high school, she attended historically black university Howard University in Washington. She graduated in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics. At Howard, she chaired the economics society, led the debate team and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. While there, she also interned as a mail room clerk for the late California Sen. Alan Cranston.
After Howard, Harris headed back to California to attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1989 and was admitted to the California Bar in June 1990.
Harris and Emhoff met on a blind date after a friend of hers set them up. After dating for about a year, he proposed to her, and four months later they married in August 2014 at the courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. Harris' sister Maya Harris officiated the ceremony, during which the pair honored the Jewish tradition of breaking a glass, in recognition of Emhoff's faith. Harris is stepmom to Emhoff's two children from a previous marriage, Cole and Ella.
Emhoff hasn't been shy about taking to social media to gush about Harris, writing in a June 2019 tweet, "Dear @KamalaHarris: I love you, I believe in you, and I’m so proud of you. The whole country is going to see what I get to see everyday. You are amazing."