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US election results: World reacts to Joe Biden as new president – and cheers and tears on the streets

The US – and the world – is reacting to the news that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States of America.

Following the news that Mr Biden was projected to win Pennsylvania and the 20 electoral college votes needed to take the White House, cheering could be heard on the streets of New York, Washington DC and other cities.

Van Jones, a political commentator on CNN, broke down in tears following the news, saying it was “easier to be a parent this morning”.

Congratulations also poured in for vice president-elect Kamala Harris, the first woman to take one of the two senior roles in the White House.

Renee Wilson, 49, from Philadelphia, had COVID in April.

She started canvassing on 1 October and was working seven days a week for the past fortnight with a team of 500.

Between them they knocked on more than half a million doors urging people to support President-elect Biden.

She said: “I am on cloud nine. This feeling is like I could run a marathon. I feel like rocky running up the rocky steps right now.

“Kamala has given me the courage to stand for what’s right. You might go through some obstacles but you will get there.”

“Rain, cold, when it got dark we showed up and knocked on doors and this is our reward.”

In an election which saw cities heavily in favour of the Democrats and Mr Biden, it was not a surprise to see people take to the streets and celebrate the election result.

Jubilant crowds moved towards the White House in Washington DC, where Joe Biden will take over in January following his inauguration.

On Twitter, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president.

“It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America.

“Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Congratulations, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.

“Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”

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