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November 7 highlights: Joe Biden becomes the president-elect

Joe Biden, will become the 46th president of the United States after beating Donald Trump. Biden and Kamala Harris delivered their acceptance speeches Saturday in Delaware.
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Joe Biden became president-elect Saturday after winning Pennsylvania, NBC News has projected.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to press forward with a legal fight, pushing unfounded claims of voter fraud in response to the news that came while he was at his Virginia golf club.

Check here for more on the presidential results.

'Major' day: Biden's German shepherd Major to become first rescue dog in the White House

President-elect Joe Biden's adopted German shepherd, Major, will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House. 

The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering the German shepherd.

Major joins Champ, the Bidens' other German shepherd, in accompanying the incoming first family. Presidential pets are a tradition in the White House. 

Pennsylvania to Supreme Court: Don't stop the count of later-arriving mail-in ballots

The state of Pennsylvania urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to deny the request from the state Republican Party, which on Friday sought an order stopping the counting of mail-in ballots that arrived during the extended deadline period.

For starters, the state said, that would complicate tabulating the results in state races, "impacting the commonwealth’s ability to seat its General Assembly by December 1, 2020, as required by the Pennsylvania Constitution."

Second, the state said, there's no evidence that any counties are disregarding the secretary of state's directive to keep those ballots separate and tally them separately: "63 counties have already confirmed to the secretary their compliance with the prior guidance, including the commonwealth’s two largest counties (Allegheny and Philadelphia). And no county has expressed an intention to violate the guidance," officials said.

One of those counties, Luzerne, filed its own response, asking, in essence, what difference does any of this make? The county says it's hard to see "how the ballots in question will have any relevance to the electoral outcome."

Photo: Chuck Schumer celebrates in New York

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer celebrates in Brooklyn, N.Y., as media announce that Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election.Dane Rhys / Reuters

Carter says he looks forward to the 'positive change' coming

Former President Jimmy Carter released a statement Saturday congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their projected win.

"Rosalynn joins me in congratulating our friends President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris," he said. "We are proud of their well-run campaign and look forward to seeing the positive change they bring to our nation." 

Carter is only one of a few incumbent presidents in the 20th century not to win re-election to the White House.

Obama has spoken to both Biden and Harris

"President Obama spoke separately this afternoon with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris," a spokesperson for the former president said. "He congratulated each of them on their historic victory and told them how proud he was of the campaign they ran in unprecedented times."

Biden wins Nevada, NBC News projects

Around 2 p.m. ET, NBC News projected that Biden has won Nevada, allocating 6 electoral votes to the president-elect. 

Biden now has 279 Electoral College votes, while Trump has 214 votes. NBC News projected Biden had become the president-elect earlier on Saturday. 

The only states that NBC News has not called yet in the presidential race are Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona and Alaska.

Ukrainian president, of the 'perfect phone call,' congrats Biden and Harris

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the world leader whose phone call with President Donald Trump last year led to the House impeaching the president, congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Twitter Saturday afternoon. 

He said Ukraine is "optimistic" about the future of its strategic partnership with the U.S.

The House impeached Trump in December 2019 after Democrats said there was ample evidence that Trump had abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into Biden and his son, Hunter, while withholding almost $400 million in U.S. aid. 

After Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump, relief sweeps through America's allies

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Joe Biden.David Kawai / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sighs of relief rippled through the capitals of the United States' traditional allies Saturday after Joe Biden became president-elect.

Many leaders have been battered by four years of the convention-smashing President Donald Trump and see in Biden a counterpart who will try and return America onto a path of multilateralism and international cooperation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had a fraught relationship with Trump, was among the first world leaders to issue a statement congratulating Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris.

"Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage," Trudeau wrote soon after news emerged that the former vice president had won the pivotal state of Pennsylvania, according to NBC News projections. "I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was less diplomatic. "Welcome back America!" she wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their election!"

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Jill Biden says husband will be a president for 'all families'

'Adiós Trump' T-shirt sale will fund DACA kids, says Julián Castro

SAN ANTONIO — Former presidential candidate Julián Castro has the words some Democrats may be looking for as the news sinks in that Joe Biden is the projected president-elect: Adiós Trump!

Castro, who made that a catchphrase of his primary campaign, relaunched T-shirts with the phrase as soon as Biden hit the magic Electoral College vote number to become the projected president-elect Saturday. 

Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama-Biden administration, said repeatedly on the trail that he looked forward to the day when the traditional moment would come for the new president to usher out the old one. 

He imagined it would be him with his wife and children, as any ambitious candidate would, and Marine One would be taking off and the nation would be saying, "Adiós Trump." 

The proceeds from the sale of his T-shirts will go toward helping young immigrants who are renewing their permission to remain in the country and work under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — which President Donald Trump has tried to end.

'America has spoken and democracy has won': Bill Clinton congratulates Biden, Harris

Former President Bill Clinton congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election victory Saturday afternoon on Twitter, saying they will "bring us together."