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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 SandersOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax Sanders vows to force vote on minimum wage No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.) congratulated President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Brown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage 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 BookerAmazon manager sues company over racial discrimination, harassment allegations Obama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' MORE (N.J.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax Sanders vows to force vote on minimum wage Warren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion MORE (Mass.), and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Open-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot 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 ButtigiegHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II MORE and Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg'Lucky': How Warren took down Bloomberg Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon MORE.