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Joe Biden, in victory speech, says, ‘This is the time to heal in America’

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris called for unity after being the projected winners of the 2020 election on Nov. 7. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
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Joe Biden is now president-elect, and Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California is set to become the highest-ranking woman in the nation’s 244-year existence. In a victory speech on Saturday night, Biden called it “a time to heal in America” and said, “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify, who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States.”

Harris praised Biden as “a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand" and spoke of what her win represented, saying, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

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Biden’s victory is a repudiation of Trump, powered by legions of women and minority voters.
Harris has been embraced by Democrats who saw in her a reflection of themselves — a party supported by women and, especially, Black women.
Biden is planning to quickly sign a series of executive orders after being sworn into office on Jan. 20, including on climate and immigration.
Trump was the most unpopular president of modern times, numbers show, and aides and allies say that he ultimately lost because of his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump’s bid to discredit the integrity of the U.S. election results has raised fears that he will refuse to concede and seek to undermine a transfer of power.
After decades of trying, Biden, a former six-term senator and two-term vice president, the son of a car salesman and a homemaker, is president-elect.
America’s friends and rivals around the world are considering what a Democratic administration would mean for them.
A winner has not yet been called in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina.

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