Celebrations have broken out across American cities with pedestrians dancing in the streets, motorists honking their horns and cheers filling the air as Joe Biden is named the next president of the United States.
Biden was called the next president at 11.25 a.m. Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press, while Donald Trump played golf.
CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the AP and USA Today all made the call and Fox News followed suit 10 minutes later as votes in Philadelphia pushed his margin in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania over the edge.
This took him to 273 electoral votes – over the 270 needed to win the White House race.
Nevada was called for him shortly afterwards taking him to 279. Now, only Arizona, Alaska and North Carolina remain uncalled but none can alter the election outcome now.
Kamala Harris, his running mate, becomes the first female vice president and the first black and Asian-American vice president in history.
Cities across the nation erupted in celebration as the news broke, with hundreds taking to the streets of New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia popping champagne corks, waving Biden flags and dancing as the agonizing four-day wait for the new president to be announced came to an end.
Coronavirus appeared to be a distant memory as crowds of people gathered, danced and embraced, with a distinct lack of social distancing despite infection rates soaring across America.
However not everyone was happy about the election result as Trump fans continued to hold ‘stop the steal’ rallies and clashes broke out between Trump and Biden supporters in Lansing, Michigan.
Trump also refused to accept the call, claiming Biden was trying to ‘falsely pose’ as the winner, vowing to keep challenging results he claims are a ‘fraud’ as his supporters rallied outside his Virginia golf course where he headed to earlier in the morning.
LOS ANGELES: A man falls to his knees and holds an American flag aloft on Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angele as he reacts to the news Joe Biden won the 2020 US presidential election
NEW YORK CITY: New Yorkers strike pans in the road in Washington Heights as the city erupts in celebration
NEW YORK CITY: A New Yorker waves a ‘Biden for President 2020’ flag in Washington Heights, Manhattan
NEW YORK CITY: A woman and two children come out on to their fire escape in Washington Heights to watch the celebrations below
NEW YORK CITY: A Biden fan waves an American flag made up of the Pride colors as they join other New Yorkers in the streets of the city
NEW YORK CITY: People dance, cheer and wave banners as they celebrate the news Saturday
PHILADELPHIA: People spray champagne into the air in celebration near Reading Terminal Market
LOS ANGELES: In West Hollywood someone holds a sign reading ‘He’s fired’ – a reference to Donald Trump’s catchphrase on Celebrity Apprentice
LOS ANGELES: People hold signs aloft as the nation reacts to the news that the outcome of the election has been called
LOS ANGELES: Women celebrate on Hollywood Boulevard Saturday after Biden was called the winner of the White House race
NEW YORK CITY: Someone beats a drum in the Washington Heights neighborhood as music and cheering fills the air of the Big Apple
NEW YORK CITY: A couple gather on their fire escape to watch the celebrations going on in the streets below
LOS ANGELES: Lindsay Farmer and Florian Klein hold their dog Sophie and a sign reading ‘Nope’ as they celebrate at Highland & Hollywood in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES: People hold signs reading ‘He’s fired!’ and ‘You’re fired’ aimed at Trump as he lses as people celebrate after news organizations
LOS ANGELES: Two LA residents bang pans as they run around the Silverlake reservoir to celebrate the result
BALTIMORE: Carol Pitts of Baltimore holds up a photo of her late brother David Swain who voted for Joe Biden the day befor he died
LOS ANGELES: Biden supporters take to the streets in Hollywood to celebrate the historic win
LOS ANGELES: People wearing ‘Biden-Harris’ masks and t-shirts celebrate in Hollywood Saturday
NEW YORK CITY: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joins people celebrating in Times Square
PHILADELPHIA: A healthcare professional in scrubs puts her fist in the air in celebration at the news
MIAMI: In Florida Biden supporters hug each other in the street after the election was called for him
MIAMI: Biden supporters hold up a sign of Trump’s image with the word ‘Nope’ as the nation learns Biden has won the election
CHICAGO: A Biden supporter holds up a ‘You’re fired’ sign outside Trump Tower in Chicago
NEW YORK CITY: Hundreds gathered in Times Square to celebrate holding Biden signs and ‘You are fired’ signs aimed at Trump
NEW YORK CITY: A man sports an American flag as he joins celebrations in Times Square
PHILADELPHIA: People wear the Pride and Transgender Pride flags and wave their fists in the air in celebration after Biden defeated Trump
NEW YORK CITY: People hold a big flag reading ‘Biden President’ in Times Square as hundreds gather to celebrate
NEW YORK CITY: Schumer’s mask slips off his face as he marches through Manhattan with crowds celebrating Biden’s win
PHILADELPHIA: People spray champagne in the air and cheer at the news that Biden will be the next president
PHILADELPHIA: People drink champagne from the bottle as they gather in the streets of the city
PHILADELPHIA: A young child sits on top of a man’s shoulders outside Independence Hall in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA: Outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the Market East section of the city people cheer and clap
WASHINGTON DC: Hundreds of people gather on Black Lives Matter plaza near the White House after news of Biden’s victory broke across the nation
NEW YORK CITY: A woman swigs champagne from the bottle in Times Square as people wave Biden signs in Manhattan
BALTIMORE: A group of Baltimore Biden supporters – many of them maskless – celebrate his win over Donald Trump
BALTIMORE: Biden fans Dr. Kate Drabinski and Nicole Stanovsky celebrate their four-year wedding anniversary on the same day he was called as the next president
BALTIMORE: In the Charles Village neighborhood of the city, a Biden supporter rings a cowbell for almost 20 minutes straight
NEW YORK CITY: People celebrate in the middle of Times Square after it was announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the next US president
WASHINGTON DC: A woman gets on a man’s shoulders among the crowd along Black Lives Matter plaza near the White House
PHILADELPHIA: People hold banners reading ‘Trust the process’ and ‘Count every vote’ near the Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON DC: A woman dances after spraying prosecco onto the crowd as people celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House
BALTIMORE: Biden supporters in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood – traditionally a party district – took to the bars early to celebrate Biden’s win
WASHINGTON DC: St. John’s Episcopal Church is seen in the background as people celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House
PHILADELPHIA: People celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center after learning the news
PHILADELPHIA: A man rides his bike past crowds of people who took to the streets outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY: A woman waves a Biden-Harris sign in Washington Square Park in Manhattan
NEW YORK CITY: New Yorkers clash pans and cheer in celebration in Washington Square Park, Manhattan
PHILADELPHIA: People gather behind railings outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the city where some of the final votes pushing Biden to victory were counted
WASHINGTON DC: People wave Biden-Harris flags as they gather on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House
WASHINGTON DC: Hundreds gathered outside the White House waving Biden signs and banners reading ‘Trump/Pence Out Now’
WILMINGTON: Biden supporters gather near the site of the next president’s planned election victory celebration as he prepares to address the nation tonight
WILMINGTON: A woman holds balloons emblazoned with the faces of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on in a parking lot near the Chase Center where Biden’s victory rally is expected to happen tonight
WASHINGTON DC: A woman wells up with tears after hearing the news in McPherson Square where a fair vote count rally was going on
WASHINGTON DC: Two women hug for joy in McPherson Park as the world learns Joe Biden will be the next president
NEW YORK CITY: Celebrations erupted in Washington Square Park in Manhattan with people waving Biden-Harris flags
ATLANTA: Women celebrate in a park in Georgia after Joe Biden was called the next president of the United States
WASHINGTON DC: People carry a giant Trump inflatable along the Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House
NEW YORK CITY: In Washington Square Park in Manhattan hundreds gathered wearing Biden-Harris tops
NEW YORK CITY: A couple embraces in Washington Square Park in Manhattan during the mass celebrations after the White House race was called
NEW YORK CITY: New Yorkers held banners reading ‘Hallelujah’ as they gathered in Times Square in Manhattan to celebrate the news that Joe Biden is the new president of the United States
NEW YORK CITY: New Yorkers pop champagne in the streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan in celebration over the news of Biden’s victory
NEW YORK CITY: People celebrate at Times Square with the New York landmark the busiest it has looked in months due to COVID-19
NEW YORK CITY: Women gather on a fire escape in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan to celebrate the media announcing that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won
WASHINGTON DC: Celebrations have broken out across America with pedestrians dancing in the streets, motorists honking their horns and cheers filling the air as Joe Biden is named the next president of the United States
PHILADELPHIA: People celebrate Saturday in Philadelphia, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United StateS
PHILADELPHIA: Celebrations erupted across the city as news broke that Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States
WASHINGTON DC: People react along Black Lives Matter Plaza as the media announces that Democratic US presidential nominee Joe Biden has won
NEW YORK CITY: People gathered on their fire escapes in Alphabet City in Manhattan to celebrate Biden winning the 2020 presidential election
WASHINGTON DC: People spray champagne into the air at Black Lives Matter Plaza as celebrations broke out across the nation
NEW YORK CITY: Men get into the water fountain at Washington Square Park in Manhattan as crowds flocked to celebrate
In New York City, cheers of celebration, clapping and car horns filled the air seconds after Biden’s victory was called.
Cheers could be heard all across Manhattan as walkers in Central Park stopped and threw their arms in the air in celebration.
Many people flocked to their balconies to join in the celebration in the streets below while men got into the water fountain at Washington Square Park and people poured champagne into friends’ mouths.
Footage on social media revealed the moment many New Yorkers learned Biden would become the 46th president of the United States.
In the Alphabet City neighborhood, Biden supporters could be heard roaring with excitement from their apartment blocks and revelers gathered on their fire escapes with bottles of bubbly.
People flocked onto the sidewalks in Upper East Side to clap and cheer while cars drove past honking their horns.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office tweeted footage of New Yorkers celebrating, writing: ‘THIS is what Democracy looks like.’
In Brooklyn, hundreds gathered in the streets cheering and clapping as people in cars waved Biden-Harris signs.
Over in Philadelphia – where the latest votes to be counted pushed Biden to victory – people cried and embraced in the streets outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Some Biden supporters danced in the streets as they couldn’t contain their emotion over the victory for the Democrat.
People in Washington DC choked back tears of relief and hugged each other along Black Lives Matter plaza.
PHILADELPHIA: Someone wearing a ‘Black Voters Matter’ t-shirt celebrates Saturday in Philadelphia
NEW YORK CITY: The Naked Cowboy sings and drinks shots as people celebrate at Times Square in Manhattan
NEW YORK CITY: Hundreds of people celebrate in the iconic Times Square in the heart of Manhattan
PHILADELPHIA: The scene outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as news outlets announce Biden’s victory
NEW YORK CITY: In Central Park people break into smiles as they learn the outcome of the White House race
PHILADELPHIA: A man wears a Barack Obama t-shirt while another holds up a ‘Philly Unite Here’ sign outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY: Someone holds up a sign telling Trump he is fired in the heart of Manhattan as news broke of Biden’s win
PHILADELPHIA: The emotional scene outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as the wait for the election outcome came to an end
NEW YORK CITY: People at Central Park in Manhattan react to the news and celebrate Biden’s win
NEW YORK CITY: People wearing face masks celebrated in Central Park moments after the nation learned that votes in Philadelphia pushed Biden’s margin in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania over the edge
NEW YORK CITY: People come out onto their balconies and fire escapes in Alphabet City in Manhattan to celebrate
PHILADELPHIA: People celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes had been counted
PHILADELPHIA: A person dances outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center to celebrate after Biden’s win
NEW YORK CITY: Hundreds gather in Washington Square Park in the heart of Manhattan to celebrate the news
NEW YORK CITY: People run through the water fountains in Washington Square Park in the heart of Manhattan
WILMINGTON: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden celebrate his victory in Wilmington, Delaware
WILMINGTON: The victory rally site where President-elect Joe Biden is expected to speak tonight outside the Chase Center in Delaware
As the result came in, a group of people along Black Lives Matter plaza in Washington DC erupted in cheers.
Hundreds gathered outside the White House holding up Biden campaign signs and shouting ‘he’s gone’ while fireworks could be heard in the distance.
At Dupont Circle, a street party broke out with hundreds playing music, singing, dancing and marching toward the seat of government where there will soon be a new president.
Biden tweeted soon after he was announced the winner: ‘I will be a President for all Americans – whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.’
Cries of celebration could be heard coming from the Delaware hotel where Biden’s aides have been staying.
‘Worth every minute,’ of the wait, a Biden aide told Reuters as staff exchanged elbow bumps and air hugs in the hotel lobby.
In Atlanta, where votes are still being counted but will no longer change the election result – shouts, fireworks and cheers erupted as news spread.
While Biden’s win sparked instant street celebrations across the nation, Trump and his supporters were reeling from the news.
PHILADELPHIA: People hug in the street outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as the agonizing wait for an election outcome is finally over
NEW YORK CITY: A New Yorker punches the air in celebration as the street erupts in cheers at the news
Trump refused to accept the call, claiming that Biden was trying to ‘falsely pose’ as the winner, vowing to keep challenging results he claims are a ‘fraud’ and creating the potential for weeks of chaos and constitutional crisis.
Trump has no immediate plans to invite Biden to an Oval Office meeting, a tradition between outgoing and incoming presidents, CNN reported.
Then-President Barack Obama hosted Trump for such a meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, two days after that year’s presidential election.
Trump’s campaign issued a statement in his name claiming Biden was not the winner and that it would fight on with legal efforts to challenge the votes – which so far have badly faltered.
‘We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed,’ the statement said.
‘The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.’
Trump supporters also refused to accept the result, holding ‘Stop the steal’ rallies in Georgia and Michigan as they continued to believe the election has been ‘stolen’ by Democrats.
In Lansing, Trump fans gathered at the Capitol in Lansing Saturday and chanted ‘four more years’, ‘we won’ and ‘stop the steal’ even after the results came in of Biden’s victory.
Biden supporters were also out in force and the two sides clashed, with a scuffle breaking out at one point and Michigan State Police troopers moving in to separate the two sides.
LANSING: Maskless Trump supporters protest against the election results at the State Capitol in Michigan
LANSING: Trump fans wear MAGA hats and wave Donald Trump banners and American flags at the State Capitol in Michigan
LANSING: Trump supporters face off with Biden supporters in Michigan Saturday as the president refused to accept the result
BOSTON: Supporters of Donald Trump protest the results of the election in front of the Statehouse Saturday while Biden supporters celebrate Biden’s victory
HARRISBURG: Trump fans hold up signs reading ‘stop the steal’ and ‘Trump-Pence 2020’ outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol after Biden was called the next president
PHILADELPHIA: Trump supporters rally outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in outrage
LANSING: Biden and Trump supporters got into a scuffle near the state capitol in Lansing, Michigan
LANSING: A woman holds mace up to a man as the two sides clashed. Michigan State Police troopers later moved in to separate the two sides
LANSING: A man has a rifle slung over his shoulder as he pins another man to the ground during the clash