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Evanstonians celebrate declared Biden victory

Residents of heavily Democratic Evanston celebrated today after learning that major news organizations had determined that with late vote counts from Pennsylvania Joe Biden will win the presidency.

Biden backers at Asbury Avenue and Dempster Street. (Bill Smith photo)

Residents of heavily Democratic Evanston celebrated today after learning that major news organizations had determined that with late vote counts from Pennsylvania Joe Biden will win the presidency.

Too young to vote, but still enthusiastic about the outcome, on Ridge Avenue between Grove and Davis streets. (Jeff Hirsh photo)

Residents emerged from their homes banging pots, and gathered waving flags on street corners, where they drew enthusiastic horn honking from passing motorists.

And there was similar action in downtown Evanston at Fountain Square.

With Pennsylvania, Biden has 273 electoral college votes, three more than the 270 needed for victory

Vote counting continues in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

Biden, in a brief statement, called for healing and unity. President Trump claimed the election “is far from over” and that his campaign would “start prosecuting our case in court.”

Suburban Cook County residents cast 64% of their votes for Biden in Tuesday’s election. A breakdown of votes by township isn’t yet available from the County Clerk’s office, but in 2016 Evanstonians cast 88% of their votes for Hillary Clinton.

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