November 3 marked the end of what was anything but a normal election cycle – but it was not over yet. Given the record number of postal votes, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many states needed more time to count each vote. So the Americans went to bed every night without knowing who would be their next president.
On election night, crowds began to gather and march to show support for their candidate. While President Donald Trump tweeted throughout the week to “stop counting” – referring to the counting of ballots after election day – his supporters echoed the call on the streets and at the polling stations. On the other hand, Joe Biden’s supporters affirmed the importance of counting every vote.
By Saturday, the wait was over when all the major news agencies announced that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be the next president and vice president, even though the votes were not counted 100 percent. Almost instantly, cities and towns across the country erupted in jubilation over the news.
People around the world followed the historic election closely, and in some overseas cities, residents demonstrated their enthusiasm for change in the U.S. leadership. In Harris’s ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, people expressed support for the first woman to be elected vice president, as well as the first black American and the first South American to hold this office.
In New York, a strongly democratic city, cars started honking, pedestrians cheered, and large groups of people took to the streets to celebrate. Hundreds gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Columbus Circle, and similar scenes were taking place all over the city.
Across the country in West Hollywood, California, cars drove through the city with their heads sticking out of sunroofs to cheer along with pedestrians on the sidewalk. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend participated in the celebrations with a drive-by.
A Native American dancing in the street with other people in Albuquerque NM pic.twitter.com/LeN7m9Ig89
– Sharon Chischilly (@Schischillyy) November 8, 2020
Biden was able to win states that historically voted red, such as Arizona, where he received significant support from Native Americans. In Georgia, which is expected to go blue for the first time in decades, people gathered in Atlanta to celebrate the historic moment.
Crowds gathered in front of the White House, most notably at Black Lives Matter Plaza, which was recently renamed during the Washington protests last summer.
When news of Trump’s defeat broke, the president was seen playing golf on his Virginia golf course. Later that evening, the next president and vice president delivered acceptance speeches in Delaware, Biden’s home state. Meanwhile, it was not yet known whether the President would admit defeat and officially resign.