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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden said he will be a "President for all Americans," after news networks projected him the winner of the race to the White House on Saturday.

What he's saying: "America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country," Biden tweeted.

"The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."
  • Biden added in a statement that in "the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America."
  • "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 changed his Twitter bio to read, "President-Elect."

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman and first Black and South Asian person to hold the office, tweeted the election is "about so much more" than her or Biden.

  • "It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started," she said.
  • She also tweeted a short video that showed her on the phone with Biden, saying, "We did it. We did it, Joe. You're going to be the next president of the United States."
  • Harris changed her Twitter bio to read, "Vice President-Elect of the United States."

The other side: President Trump said in a statement released by his campaign that the race is "far from over" and his team will begin "prosecuting [their] case in court" on Monday.

What's next: Biden and Harris are expected to address the country at 8pm ET on Saturday.

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Nov 22, 2020 - Politics & Policy

GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer: Transition should start "tomorrow morning"

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said on "Meet the Press" on Sunday that it is past time to "cooperate with the transition" to President-elect Joe Biden, adding that he believes President Trump still has the right to continue fighting in court over election results.

Driving the news: Trump has refused to allow the transition process to begin as he has sought to discredit the election results in swing states across the country — baselessly alleging mass voter fraud.

Murkowski: "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process"

Murkowski leaves the Senate Republicans lunch in September. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) tweeted Sunday, "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process." She called Trump's attempts to overturn President-elect Biden's win "inconsistent with our democratic process."

Why it matters: Only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect as Trump and his campaign continue unsuccessful legal challenges in key swing states.

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Biden to name Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Anthony Blinken, then deputy secretary of state speaks at a 2016 summit 2016 in New York City. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit

President-elect Joe Biden will name as secretary of state his longtime adviser Antony Blinken, who has held diplomatic and national security jobs since the Clinton administration, a Biden adviser confirmed to Axios on Sunday.

Our thought bubble: By nominating Blinken, who has worked closely with Biden over the past two decades, Biden may return more authority to and work to rebuild the ranks and morale inside the diplomatic corps after President Trump moved to diminish its reach and centralize decision making inside the White House.