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Biden calls for unity, healing after capturing the presidency

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE called on a deeply divided United States to come together and “heal” on Saturday moments after he was declared the winner of the presidential election

In a statement, Biden said he was “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in” him and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRick Scott blocks Senate vote on top cyber nominee until Harris visits border Head of Border Patrol resigning from post Migrant children face alarming conditions in US shelter: BBC investigation MORE.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”

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Biden won the 2020 presidential election on Saturday morning after he was declared the victor in Pennsylvania, capturing the state’s 20 electoral votes and, as a result, the presidency. 

His win denies President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE, who won a surprise victory in 2016 after besting then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCommunion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Trump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them MORE, a second term in the White House. Trump has not yet conceded the race to Biden, and his campaign has indicated that it will challenge election results in a handful of states.

Biden’s statement on Saturday, released minutes after he clinched the presidency, tracked with the message he carried throughout his campaign: uniting a deeply divided country. 

But the former vice president will face a series of challenges in the coming months. Not only will he be charged with bringing together a bitterly polarized country, but he will face a daunting series of crises, including the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting economic turmoil.