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Joe Biden election victory

US cities erupt in cheers as Biden beats Trump to the 2020 presidency

After days of waiting for key states to count their votes, a Joe Biden victory has been declared

In case you missed it, Joe Biden has beaten Donald Trump in the vote to become the 46th president of the United States, denying a sitting president a second term for the first time since 1992. At least those days of doomscrolling and desperately trying to distract yourself with election memes were worth it in the end.

Projections from the Associated Press, as well as the BBC and Fox News, give the 77-year-old Democratic nominee the victory, having won the key battleground of Pennsylvania, as well as the state of Nevada. Accepting the result, Biden said: “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.”

Of course, the extent of the legal battle that now faces the Biden campaign remains to be seen, with Donald Trump announcing (see: throwing a tantrum) on Twitter: “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”

Though it’s traditional for the losing candidate to concede, Trump has insisted on multiple occasions that he’ll contest the results. Already, he’s spread harmful misinformation about fraud that ignited the “stop the count” protests among his supporters.

For now, though, thousands are coming together to take part in impromptu pro-Biden (or at least anti-Trump) celebrations. While Kamala Harris – making history as the first Black woman to serve as vice president – has tweeted her enthusiasm to “get started”, social media has been flooded with videos of whole apartment blocks bursting into cheers and applause, and streets filled with vehicles blaring their horns.

Watch a sample of the celebrations from Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and more cities across the US below (listen out for the “Fuck Trump”).