Supporters of Joseph R. Biden, the projected winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, celebrate outside a local theater after media outlets called the race in Biden's favor, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)

The Bay Area reacted swiftly Saturday morning to major news outlets projecting that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said Biden would help unite a divided country.

“Joe Biden ran on the simple but powerful idea that we should strive to be a united country, not a divided one. As president, he has promised to represent everyone, not just those who voted for him, and he will put the needs of the American people first,” Breed said in a statement issued Saturday morning.

In Oakland, the hometown of Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, horns honked and cheers erupted on city streets when the news came about 8:30 a.m. as the celebration began.

“Today, America said yes: Yes to decency and compassion. Yes to new leadership that elevates our values of diversity and inclusion,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Yes to a Black, Indian-American woman from Oakland, California.”