Celebrations erupt in major U.S. cities after Biden election win

Celebrations erupt in major U.S. cities after Biden election win

WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA – Days of pent-up post-election anxiety gave way to spontaneous street celebrations as Joe Biden supporters on Saturday cheered news of his presidential win with a cacophony of banging pots and pans, honking horns and dance music in cities across the United States.

Rallies by hundreds of supporters of Republican President Donald Trump, who insisted on Saturday “this election is far from over,” were more muted in size and scope compared with the festive crowds that turned out by the thousands in some cities for Biden.

While there were some isolated instances of Trump and Biden supporters confronting one another, as occurred between two opposing groups of about 100 each in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, there were no immediate reports of violence or other unruly behavior.

The reaction to news that Pennsylvania and its 20 Electoral College votes had put Biden over the top — following a nerve-wracking wait for the results of voting weeks before and on Election Day on Tuesday — was almost instantaneous.