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Biden fans celebrate in Twin Cities streets, pro-Trump group rally at Capitol

It comes as health officials advise Minnesotans to wear masks, social distance, and avoid large gatherings.
The scene at 40th and Nicollet in Minneapolis.

The scene at 40th and Nicollet in Minneapolis.

A large number of people have taken to the streets in the Twin Cities to celebrate the election of Joe Biden as president, while a smaller number of supporters of current President Donald Trump have been out protesting.

The sounds cars honking could be heard across Minneapolis and St. Paul after several media outlets, including the Associated Press, NBC, and Fox News, called the race for Biden four days after Election Day.

Pennsylvania proved to be the tipping point, with Biden's lead such that a Trump victory is nigh-on impossible. Fox News also called Nevada for Biden shortly after, and he may yet win Arizona and Georgia to boot.

The celebrations have ranged from small, street corner groups encouraging drivers to honk, to a larger march through south Minneapolis that started outside the burnt-out 3rd Police Precinct on Lake Street. 

Health officials have been at pains to remind Minnesotans to observe social distancing, wear face masks and limit their social circles as the COVID-19 rate has reached increasing dire levels in the state.

While transmission of the virus is more unlikely outdoors than in, the Minnesota Department of Health still urges people to be cautious when near others.

While Biden fans celebrated across various parts of the metro, there were also rallies for President Trump outside the State Capitol and the Minnesota Governor's Mansion in St. Paul.

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It comes after the president suggested, without evidence, this week's vote was fraudulent, and as his campaign continues to suggest that it will take legal action in a bid to overturn the result.

Despite Trump's defeat, it wasn't far from a disastrous election for the Republican Party, which still has a chance to retain control of the Senate, made up some ground in the U.S. House, and kept a hold of its state legislatures.

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