People in Harris’ ancestral home wake up to her victory


Indian women prepare a Kolam, a traditional art work using colored powder, congratulating U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the hometown of Harris’ maternal grandfather, in Thulasendrapuram, south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. After rooting for Kamala Harris as President-elect Joe Biden running mate, people in her small ancestral Indian village woke up Sunday morning to the news of her making history. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

November 7

(WJW) – The Associated Press called the presidential race Saturday just before 11:30 after declaring Pennsylvania for Joe Biden.

11 p.m.

THULASENDRAPURAM, India (AP) — After rooting for Kamala Harris as President-elect Joe Biden’s running mate, people in her small ancestral Indian village woke up Sunday morning to the news of her making history. Most of them had gone to sleep by the time Biden clinched the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes. “Congratulations Kamala Harris. Pride of our village. Vanakkam (Greetings) America,’’ one female resident wrote in color powder outside her residence. The village plans to celebrate Harris’ success with singing, dancing and firecrackers at a temple. Already in the morning hours, groups gathered at street corners reading newspapers and chatting about the Democrats’ victory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Harris’ success as pathbreaking and a matter of immense pride.

9:50 p.m.

(AP) — Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is paying tribute to the women, particularly Black women, whose shoulders she stands on as she shatters barriers in American politics. Harris addressed the nation as the next vice president on Saturday. She is the first woman to be elected vice president in America, but she says she will not be the last. The 56-year-old California senator is also the first Black woman and first person of Indian heritage elected to the vice presidency. She wore a white pantsuit on stage in tribute to women’s suffrage.

9 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WJW) — Large crowds continue to gather in Washington, D.C., following the announcement that Joe Biden is now president-elect. President Trump is currently at the White House.

8:25 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The President will accept the results of a free and fair election.”

That’s the message from a White House official Saturday, even as President Donald Trump is refusing to concede after losing to Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump has insisted he will contest the results and his campaign has launched a flurry of legal action in a handful of states trying to overturn Biden victories.

But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the Trump administration is following all statutory requirements that govern government transitions.

7:50 p.m.

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Mayor Frank Jackson released a statement today, reflecting on the local and national results of the recent election.

You can read the whole thing below:

“I want to take this moment to thank all of the citizens of the City of Cleveland for their support of Issue 68.  It is because of you, our children have a brighter future. I also want to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on their historic win and for their willingness to serve and take on the challenges facing the nation. I have always said that public service is an honorable profession and it is not made for everyone; for those who choose to serve have the greatest opportunity to influence the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

— Mayor Frank Jackson

6:50 p.m.

ARIZONA (WJW) — Donald Trump’s campaign, along with the Republican National Committee, has filed a new lawsuit in the sate of Arizona.

The suit alleges that poll workers in Maricopa County erroneously rejected some votes that were filled in by in-person Election Day voters.

“Poll workers struggled to operate the new voting machines in Maricopa County, and improperly pressed and told voters to press a green button to override significant errors,” Matt Morgan, Trump 2020 campaign general counsel, said in a statement. “The result is that the voting machines disregarded votes cast by voters in person on Election Day in Maricopa County.”

The Trump team said they have witnesses who say the problem “occurred on a large scale” across the county. The campaign is now asking that certain “overvoted” ballots be reassessed manually.

Find the full lawsuit right here.

5:30 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was celebrated by civil rights activists and Black leaders who warned that a tough road lies ahead to address America’s persistent inequalities and the racial division that Donald Trump fueled during his presidency.

Biden will take office in January as the nation confronts a series of crises that have taken a disproportionate toll on Black Americans and people of color, including the pandemic and resulting job losses. Many cities saw protests against racial injustice during a summer of unrest.

During a contentious campaign against Trump, Biden made explicit appeals for the support of Black voters. He pledged to unify the country, acknowledged systemic racism, criticized his rival for stoking division and picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman on a major party’s presidential ticket. While those were all welcomed steps, Black leaders and activists say they will keep pushing the incoming administration to do more.

“This is just the beginning of change and the election of any one administration does not mean the work is done,” said civil rights leader Martin Luther King III, who noted the vision of his father, Martin Luther King Jr., has yet to be fully realized in America, 57 years after he delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. “Dad and Mom wanted to eradicate poverty, racism and violence from our society and that will take a monumental effort. A Biden-Harris administration has to constantly be challenged and pushed to move.”

Black voters powered Biden’s successful campaign, particularly in critical states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. Nine in 10 Black voters nationwide supported him, according to AP VoteCast, an expansive survey of more than 110,000 voters across the country.

“Vice President Biden understands that we are fully formed American citizens who deserve to have full access to all the parts of progress in the United States,” said Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate. “He’s been willing to commit not only to plans, but he’s been willing to take responsibility for how those plans get lived out. … I want to see proper access to opportunity and I think fundamentally that is the wish, that is the hope, and that is the deserved right of every Black person in this country.”

5 p.m.

(AP) — Just after The Associated Press and other news organizations declared that former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump, fireworks erupted in Atlanta. In Maine, a band playing at a farmers’ market broke into the Battle Hymn of the Republic. A massive pro-Biden crowd gathered in the streets outside the White House. In Kansas City, they swayed in a park to the song “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang. And for all that joy, there was equal parts anger and mistrust on the other side.

4:30 p.m.

(WJW) — Americans continue to make their voices heard after a very divisive election, and huge crowds have gathered in Times Square now that Joe Biden is president-elect.

3:40 p.m.

(WJW) — Huge crowds have gathered in Washington, D.C. following the news that Joe Biden is president-elect.

3:00 p.m.

(WJW) — Supporters of Donald Trump are holding a large rally in Phoenix, Arizona right now following the announcement that Joe Biden has won the presidential election.

2:20 p.m.

(WJW) – Dr. Jill Biden posted a photo with now President-elect Joe Biden on Twitter.

“He will be a President for all of our families,” she wrote with a picture of them holding a sign that says “Dr. Jill Biden and president Biden live here.” The sign looks like it said Vice President, but Jill is covering the word “Vice” in the photo.  

2 p.m.

(AP) – Although U.S. President Donald Trump wasn’t conceding defeat, people in other parts of the world started celebrating Joe Biden’s election victory Saturday and expressed hope that the Democrat will quickly set to work on a topic that wasn’t vital in the White House for the past four years: combating climate change.

“Welcome back America !” tweeted the mayor of Paris. Referencing the Paris climate accord that Trump pulled out of, Anne Hidalgo called Biden’s victory “a beautiful symbol to act more than ever together against the climate emergency.”

Cascading around the globe on social media and live news broadcasts, word of the victory in Pennsylvania that pushed Barack Obama’s former vice president past the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to take over the Oval Office himself brought widespread relief in world capitals.

In Rome, people gathered in a coffee bar broke out in cheers when media outlets delivered the news. A city official in Berlin said, “After the birth of my son, the election of Joe Biden is by far the best news of this year.”

“Everything won’t get better overnight, but Trump is finally gone!” tweeted the official, Sawsan Chebli.

Western allies paid scant heed to Trump’s claims that the divisive race wasn’t over, instead quickly looking forward to a fresh start with a new administration in Washington.

“We’re looking forward to working with the next U.S. government,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted. “We want to work in our cooperation for a new trans-Atlantic beginning, a New Deal.”

Italy’s foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, closed out his tweeted message of congratulations with Italian and U.S. flags.

“Ready to keep on working to make our relations ever stronger in defense of peace and freedom,” he said.

The election of Kamala Harris as the first Black woman vice president also struck an immediate chord internationally.

“It makes us proud that the first woman to serve as vice president of the USA traces her roots to India,” said the leader of India’s opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi.

Harris’ late mother was from India. Kamala is Sanskrit for “lotus flower,” and Harris gave nods to her Indian heritage throughout the campaign.

“She will be an incredible example and important role model for young girls throughout the world, showing them girls and boys enjoy the same rights and opportunities,” Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo said.

1:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wins Nevada.

The President-elect has 290 electoral votes, with Georgia, Alaska, and North Carolina uncalled.

1:15 p.m.

(WJW) – The 44th President of the United States has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the presidency.

Barack Obama released a statement on Twitter saying in part:

“We’re fortunate Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way…I know he’ll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote.”

1:05 p.m.

Two former Democratic presidents are offering their congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Bill Clinton tweeted that “America has spoken and democracy has won.” The 42nd president also predicted Biden and Harris would “serve all of us and bring us all together.”

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, said in a statement Saturday that he and his wife, Rosalynn, are “proud” of the Democrats’ “well-run campaign and seeing the positive change they bring to our nation.”

Neither Clinton nor Carter mentioned President Donald Trump in their congratulatory remarks.

Biden was a young Delaware senator when Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Biden had risen in the ranks to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman by Clinton’s presidency in the 1990s and led confirmation hearings for Clinton’s two Supreme Court nominees: Justice Stephen Breyer and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

12:55 p.m.

Amanda Madden sprays champagne as people celebrate at Black Lives Matter Plaza after CNN called the race in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over Pres. Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(WJW) – Supporters are taking to the streets in several U.S. cities to celebrate the election of the 46th President of the United States.

12:45 p.m.

(WJW) – Sen. Kamala Harris was enjoying a casual day with her husband when she learned she would be next Vice President of the United States.

She posted video of a phone call on her Twitter page.

“We did it, we did it Joe. You’re going to be the next President of the United States.”

Vice President-elect Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff posted a photo of him hugging her that said, “So proud of you.”

12:35 p.m.

(WJW) – President-elect Joe Biden will address the nation tonight from Wilmington, Delaware.

He’ll be joined by Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and Doug Emhoff.

The address will be at 8 p.m.

FOX 8 will stream it live.

12:05 p.m.

President-elect Joe Biden released an additional formal statement:

I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris.

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.

President-elect Joe Biden

12 p.m. update

Joe Biden released a statement and video after he was declared the 46th President of the United States.

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. 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,” he wrote on Twitter.

11:55 a.m. update

(WJW) – President Trump is not conceding the presidential race. He released a statement after Joe Biden was declared President-elect.

11:40 a.m. update

(AP) – Kamala Harris made history Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The 56-year-old California senator, also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, represents the multiculturalism that defines America but is largely absent from Washington’s power centers. Her Black identity has allowed her to speak in personal terms in a year of reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism. As the highest-ranking woman ever elected in American government, her victory gives hope to women who were devastated by Hillary Clinton’s defeat four years ago.

Harris has been a rising star in Democratic politics for much of the last two decades, serving as San Francisco’s district attorney and California’s attorney general before becoming a U.S. senator. After Harris ended her own 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, Joe Biden tapped her as his running mate. They will be sworn in as president and vice president on Jan. 20.

Biden’s running mate selection carried added significance because he will be the oldest president ever inaugurated, at 78, and hasn’t committed to seeking a second term in 2024.

Harris often framed her candidacy as part of the legacy — often undervalued — of pioneering Black women who came before her, including educator Mary McLeod Bethune, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black candidate to seek a major party’s presidential nomination, in 1972.

“We’re not often taught their stories,” Harris said in August as she accepted her party’s vice presidential nomination. “But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders.”

That history was on Sara Twyman’s mind recently as she watched Harris campaign in Las Vegas and wore a sweatshirt featuring the senator’s name alongside Chisholm.

“It’s high time that a woman gets to the highest levels of our government,” said Twyman, who is 35 and Black.

Despite the excitement surrounding Harris, she and Biden face steep challenges, including deepening racial tensions in the U.S. in the wake of a pandemic that has taken a disproportionate toll on people of color and a series of police killings of Black Americans. Harris’ past work as a prosecutor has prompted skepticism among progressives and young voters who are looking to her to back sweeping institutional change over incremental reforms in policing, drug policy and more.

Jessica Byrd, who leads the Movement for Black Lives’ Electoral Justice Project and The Frontline, a multiracial coalition effort to galvanize voters, said she plans to engage in the rigorous organizing work needed to push Harris and Biden toward more progressive policies.

“I deeply believe in the power of Black women’s leadership, even when all of our politics don’t align,” Byrd said. “I want us to be committed to the idea that representation is exciting and it’s worthy of celebration and also that we have millions of Black women who deserve a fair shot.”

Harris is the second Black woman elected to the Senate. Her colleague, Sen. Cory Booker, who is also Black, said her very presence makes the institution “more accessible to more people” and suggested she would accomplish the same with the vice presidency.

Harris was born in 1964 to two parents active in the civil rights movement. Shyamala Gopalan, from India, and Donald Harris, from Jamaica, met at the University of California, Berkeley, then a hotbed of 1960s activism. They divorced when Harris and her sister were girls, and Harris was raised by her late mother, whom she considers the most important influence in her life.

Kamala is Sanskrit for “lotus flower,” and Harris gave nods to her Indian heritage throughout the campaign, including with a callout to her “chitthis,” a Tamil word for a maternal aunt, in her first speech as Biden’s running mate. When Georgia Sen. David Perdue mocked her name in an October rally, the hashtag #MyNameIs took off on Twitter, with South Asians sharing the meanings behind their names.

The mocking of her name by Republicans, including Trump, was just one of the attacks Harris faced. Trump and his allies sought to brand her as radical and a socialist despite her more centrist record, an effort aimed at making people uncomfortable about the prospect of a Black woman in leadership. She was the target of online disinformation laced with racism and sexism about her qualifications to serve as president.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington said Harris’ power comes not just from her life experience but also from the people she already represents. California is the nation’s most populous and one of its most diverse states; nearly 40% of people are Latino and 15% are Asian. In Congress, Harris and Jayapal have teamed up on bills to ensure legal representation for Muslims targeted by Trump’s 2017 travel ban and to extend rights to domestic workers.

“That’s the kind of policy that also happens when you have voices like ours at the table,” said Jayapal, who in 2016 was the first South Asian woman elected to the U.S. House. Harris won election to the Senate that same year.

Harris’ mother raised her daughters with the understanding the world would see them as Black women, Harris has said, and that is how she describes herself today.

She attended Howard University, one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s first sorority created by and for Black women. She campaigned regularly at HBCUs and tried to address the concerns of young Black men and women eager for strong efforts to dismantle systemic racism.

Her victory could usher more Black women and people of color into politics.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who considers Harris a mentor, views Harris’ success through the lens of her own identity as the granddaughter of a sharecropper.

“African Americans are not far removed from slavery and the horrors of racism in this country, and we’re still feeling the impacts of that with how we’re treated and what’s happening around this racial uprising,” she said. Harris’ candidacy “instills a lot of pride and a lot of hope and a lot of excitement in what is possible.”

Harris is married to a Jewish man, Doug Emhoff, whose children from a previous marriage call her “Momala.” The excitement about her candidacy extends to women across races.

Friends Sarah Lane and Kelli Hodge, each with three daughters, brought all six girls to a Harris rally in Phoenix in the race’s closing days. “This car is full of little girls who dream big. Go Kamala!” read a sign taped on the car’s trunk.

Lane, a 41-year-old attorney who is of Hispanic and Asian heritage, volunteered for Biden and Harris, her first time ever working for a political campaign. Asked why she brought her daughters, ages 6, 9 and 11, to see Harris, she answered, “I want my girls to see what women can do.”

11:30 a.m. update

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden elected president of the United States.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania.

11:15 a.m. update

(WJW) – The Trump campaign says the president’s legal team including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and campaign Senior Advisor Corey Lewandowski will hold the press conference in Philadelphia.

11 a.m. update

(AP) – President Donald Trump is at his Virginia golf club for the first time since the end of September.

Trump left the White House on Saturday morning and had on golf shoes, a windbreaker and a white hat.

President Donald Trump walks to his vehicle on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House isn’t immediately responding to questions about the president’s possible golfing partners.

There were a few people with Biden flag banners outside the club entrance when Trump arrived.

Trump also has spent the morning tweeting about his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud and illegal voting. Twitter hid four of the president’s tweets behind a warning label that they may contain disputed or misleading statements about the election.

10 a.m. update

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden is edging ever closer to a victory over President Donald Trump as the long, exacting work of counting votes extended into a fourth day after the election. There’s intense focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden is leading Trump by more than 28,000 votes, and Nevada, where Biden is up by about 22,000. The delay in producing a verdict could be attributed to high turnout, a massive number of mail-in ballots and slim margins between the candidates. Biden’s leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia put him in a stronger position to capture the 270 Electoral College votes needed to take the White House.

9:40 a.m. update

(WJW) – President Donald Trump does not have any public events scheduled today, however, he says there will be a press conference from his lawyers Saturday.

He made the announcement in a tweet.

“Big press conference today in Philadelphia at Four Seasons Total Landscaping – 11:30 A.M.” he wrote.

He deleted an earlier tweet that had a different time and said it was a press conference from his lawyers.

FOX 8 will follow updates and carry any press conferences as they happen.

8:45 a.m. update

(NewsNation NOW) – Joe Biden has a lead in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada, whereas Trump has the lead in North Carolina and Alaska.

More votes are expected to come down from Pennsylvania on Saturday. There is an intense focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 28,000 votes Saturday morning.

Nevada is expected to release another batch of ballots in Las Vegas’ Clark County at noon (ET) on Saturday. The county is expected to be done counting this weekend. It is Nevada’s most populous county, accounting for 75% of the state’s population. As of 7 a.m. ET Biden had a lead of more than 22,000 votes over the president.

In Georgia, Biden had a narrow lead over Trump by a little more than 4,000 votes with 99% of the vote counted.

Trump had a lead of more than 54,00 votes over Biden in Alaska with half of the votes counted.

In North Carolina, the president held a sizable lead over his Democratic challenger by more than 75,000 votes.

Another batch of votes are expected on Saturday at 11 a.m. (ET) in Maricopa County, Arizona. The Associated Press has already called that race to Biden.

8:30 a.m. update

Here are the states that remain uncalled:

  • Georgia
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • North Carolina
  • Alaska

Former Vice President Joe Biden needs one of these states to be declared to become the President-elect.

Biden has 264 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 214.

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