Read: Vice president-elect Kamala Harris' historic victory speech

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Good evening. Good evening. Good evening. Good evening. Thank you. Thank you. Good evening.

Thank you. Good evening.

Congressman John Lewis, Congressman John Lewis, before his passing wrote, democracy is not a state. It is an act. And what he meant was that America's democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.

To guard it, and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice, but there is joy in it, and there is progress, because we, the people, have the power to build a better future.

And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America.

To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team, thank you for bringing more people than ever before into the democratic process.

And for making this victory possible. To the poll workers and election officials across our country who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted, our nation owes you a debt of gratitude.

You have protected the integrity of our democracy, and to the American people who make up our beautiful country, thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard.

And I know times have been challenging, especially the last several months. The grief, sorrow and pain. The worries and the struggles. But we have also witnessed your courage, your resilience and the generosity of your spirit. For four years you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives and for our planet, and then you voted.

And you delivered a clear message. You chose hope and unity, decency, science and, yes, truth.

You chose Joe Biden as the next president of the United States of America. And Joe is a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand. A person whose own experience of loss…
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