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The results are in; enough of them, anyway. Joe Biden is projected to become the 46th President of the United States, having accumulated enough electoral votes to prevail over incumbent President Donald Trump. All major news networks called the race for Biden Saturday morning after projecting his win in Pennsylvania, the final state needed to put him over the top. Celebrities were predictably ecstatic.
Hollywood poured out its jubilation in various forms on social media in the wake of the announcement. Some, like John Legend, took a fairly straightforward approach. "Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris!" Legend wrote. Thank you for choosing to serve your country during these challenging times."
Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris! Thank you for choosing to serve your country during these challenging times. pic.twitter.com/PEEPFexKFF
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 7, 2020
Others, like Lin-Manuel Miranda, opted for an appropriate gif:
And elsewhere, Spike Lee joined celebrations on the streets of New York, popping a bottle of champagne and dancing with a joyful public.
Meanwhile, several stars expressed their excitement at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris becoming the first female vice president in American history. "'Madam Vice President' is no longer a fictional character," wrote Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won several Emmys for playing Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series. Added Keke Palmer, "MY VP IS A BLACK WOMAN!"
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 7, 2020
Madame Vice President !!!! pic.twitter.com/4U2JCeHqB0
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) November 7, 2020
Biden himself wrote, "America, I'm honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."
Harris added, "This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started."
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.pic.twitter.com/Bb9JZpggLN
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
Former president Barack Obama congratulated the President- and Vice President-elect in a statement posted to Twitter. "We're fortunate that Joe's got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way," he wrote. "I know he'll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote."
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2020
And before the race was even called, Trump continued to assert his baseless claim that he had actually prevailed in the election, showing no signs of conceding.
I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
But as always, Jordan Peele perhaps put it best:
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 7, 2020
Biden had looked likely to prevail for a few days before the race was officially called, pulling ahead of Trump in several key states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, as vote-counting continued. In the coming days, those states will continue to tabulate ballots and solidify Biden's expected win, while Trump is expected to challenge the results in court.
See more celebrities' reactions below.
Woooooohooooo!!!!!! PHILLY!!!!! AMERICA!!!!!! BLACK FOLK!!!! BLACK PEOPLE!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!! 💛💛💛🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 Now....let’s fight for that Senate!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/MAxsrFDcRp
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 7, 2020
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) November 7, 2020
I’m breaking out the good champagne!
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 7, 2020
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 7, 2020
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 7, 2020
The people have spoken! Thank you to everyone who used your vote and your voice to make history. PRESIDENT Joe Biden and VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/EdWQc5rpYD
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 7, 2020
In tears. What a moment! So grateful to all voters, poll workers, volunteers, staffers, everyone who made this a reality! No doubt there is a LOT of work to do but let’s celebrate this moment, friends. It’s historic! Congrats President-Elect @JoeBiden and Madame VP @KamalaHarris! pic.twitter.com/RSMN98Tg57
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) November 7, 2020
Thank you, Philadelphia! On behalf of all of us, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/3q9XfmPWEW
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 7, 2020
. @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris and the American people, you just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen. ❤️ 🙌🙌 nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House. Also, way to go PA 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/uXiMTWs6Hk
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 7, 2020
One of the best days of my life.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 7, 2020
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 7, 2020
We must heal. But first, we must gloat.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 7, 2020
Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice-President-elect @KamalaHarris. I say this after every election, and I’ll repeat it now because some people need to hear it more than ever: I’m rooting for you, because your success is the country’s success.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) November 7, 2020