Joseph R. Biden Jr. has won the presidential race after an extraordinary campaign in which he ran as an elder statesman seeking to restore civility to the nation.
CNN was the first TV network to call the race for Biden.
CNN on Saturday morning became the first television network to project that
Joseph R. Biden Jr. will become America’s next president.
“After four long tense days, we’ve reached a historic moment in this election,”
the anchor Wolf Blitzer announced at 11:24 a.m.
“We can now project the winner of the presidential race.”
Shortly after CNN made the projection, other networks followed, including NBC, ABC and CBS.
Fox News made the call at 11:40 a.m.
CNN’s projection came after Philadelphia officials provided results that were heavily skewed in Mr. Biden’s favor.
“We’re able to make this projection because CNN projects Biden wins Pennsylvania,” Mr. Blitzer said.
Throughout the morning, CNN had indicated a call could be coming.
“We do think that there will be some resolution today,” Jake Tapper said about an hour before CNN made the call.
“We do think there will be some indication of what the future will bring for the United States.”
Also that morning, CNN’s John King acknowledged that some viewers were frustrated that the call had not yet been made.
“We completely get the frustration and the anticipation out there,” he said, standing in
front of an interactive map that showed Mr. Biden with a half a point lead
over Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania.
“It’s just important to have rules and not bend them, especially at a time the
integrity of the system is being unfairly attacked by a candidate who, if he loses this state, is a one-term president.”