WASHINGTON – Foreigners welcomed each other on the streets of the nation’s capital within an hour with mainstream media declaring Joseph R. Biden Jr. the winner of the presidential race.
“Joe Biden!” A woman screamed from a six-story window in a yellow brick building on the corner of 17th and Swann streets, about a mile north of the White House. Nearby, cars honked repeatedly at an intersection, and a woman on a bicycle rode shouting for joy.
Mr Biden has overwhelmingly won the votes totaled so far in Washington: he currently holds over 260,000 votes against just over 15,000 for Mr Trump.
“It’s a new day in America,” said Barry Karas, 74, retired actor and political activist, who hoisted two Biden signs over his black wrought-iron fence. Passers-by shouted back.
“If it weren’t for a pandemic, I would be in my arms!” said a tall man wearing a black jacket and blue medical mask.
A couple passing by on scooters both made a victory and gave Mr. Karas a high five. A jogger held both his arms in the air, looked his way and said, “We did it.”
At 12:02 p.m., the corner of Streets 16 and U was exploding with horns and applause.
Magdalene Mbanga, an immigrant from Cameroon, whose daughter is a U.S. citizen and voted for Mr. Biden, stood next to a road sign recording the scene with her phone.
“It’s more than a marriage, more than a marriage,” she said, smiling broadly. “Look at the joy of the people.”