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Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out'

Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism MORE (I-Vt.) congratulated President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE on their election victory Saturday saying, "Thank God democracy won out."

Biden was projected to win the presidency Saturday following news that he had won his home state of Pennsylvania, a victory that lead him to 270 Electoral College votes. 

Multiple news outlets, including CNN, ABC and the Associated Press called the race just before 11:30 a.m., while Fox News followed suit shortly after. 

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In an interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Saturday, the Vermont progressive characterized the election as a defining moment for the nation. 

"It was about whether or not we remain a country that believes in the Constitution, believes in the rule of law and believes in democracy. And thank God, democracy won out. I just wish Joe and Kamala the very best in leading our country," Sanders said.

Sanders was Biden's final opponent during the Democratic primary earlier this year, outlasting the over 20 other candidates who joined the fight for the 2020 presidential nomination.

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Biden and Sanders often butt heads on policy issues such as healthcare, but Sanders said he would support the former vice president after he dropped out of the race in April.

Other former 2020 Democratic nominees congratulated Biden and Harris on Twitter Saturday, including Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis Senate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs MORE (N.J.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenInequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (Mass.), and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (Minn.).

"Americans made their voices heard in historic numbers. They chose love over hate, hope over fear, unity over division. We struggled and sacrificed for this moment. Now we celebrate our next President @JoeBiden and Vice President @KamalaHarris," Booker wrote on social media after news outlets called the victory for Biden.

Klobuchar celebrated the ability to now refer to Biden and Harris as "presidents-elect." 

Other former 2020 Democratic candidates shared their praise for Biden's win over Trump, such as former South Bend, Ind.,  Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE and Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE.