The razzmatazz, partisanship and drama of US election night has been played out in Britain at a packed American embassy.
American residents in the UK mixed with British politicians and political correspondents at Grosvenor Square in London's West End to follow the historic event.
As President Barack Obama gained the advantage over challenger Mitt Romney, Democrat supporters cheered "Four More Years" while guests wearing Republicans Abroad badges looked dejected.
But an Elvis impersonator, a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty and a man in full Uncle Sam costume were on hand to make sure the late night election party remained light-hearted.
In the basement Regal Eagle bar revellers enjoyed live music from artists such as pop outfit Squeeze's lead singer and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat veterans such as former Defence Secretary Liam Fox and former leader of the Lib Dems Sir Menzies Campbell put in an appearance. The shadow cabinet's younger faces were also out in force, with Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves in attendance.
American ambassador Louis Susman said the "special, essential relationship" between the USA and the UK would continue regardless of the electoral result.
But he also claimed the British people clearly favoured Mr Obama.
"I saw some polling numbers and 91% of the British people feel they would like to see Obama re-elected," he said.
Asked about the reasons for such overwhelming support, he said: "I don't know, but President Obama would rather run here, I think, than in the United States."