Minutes after Mr. Biden was projected to have won the presidency, a crowd of several dozen Trump supporters stood in a cold fog in front of the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., as the national anthem played. They had come to protest what they saw as a fraudulent election and to show support for Mr. Trump.
“It sickens me,” said Ken Weigel, who drove nearly two hours to attend the protest. He said he would not accept Mr. Biden as president.
In Miami, about two dozen Trump supporters, mostly Cuban-Americans, gathered outside a restaurant to protest the projected Biden victory. Drivers honked their horns, waving “Make America Great Again” hats out their driver windows, as some people waving Biden flags driving in the opposite direction shouted, “Go home!”
The protesters shouted back, “We are not socialists!”
In downtown Los Angeles, where an anti-Trump rally had been planned by liberal groups including Black Lives Matter supporters to protest the president’s efforts to contest the election, the event quickly became a site of celebration.
“I feel liberated,” said Linda Gomez, 37, an activist who has worked to promote rights for convicted felons and who herself was formerly incarcerated. She added, “Today is the people’s day.”
Ms. Gomez, like others there, said voting out President Trump would not be enough to achieve the changes voters were seeking.
“We have to make sure things are implemented,” she said. “We have to hold Biden accountable.”
Sitting outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Christian Hanna, 31, stopped his afternoon bike ride to take in the election news after he noticed his phone, balanced on the handlebars of his bike, “blowing up” with the updates.