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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:11 pm

Tears in Wellington after Trump takes Florida

Emotions are spilling over in Wellington following news of Trump taking Florida.

Expats  have gathered in JJ Murphy bar to watch the results and some became tearful as news of his victory came through.

Emily Bartlett says she’s shocked at how the elections are playing out but isn’t defeated yet.

Hope remains as possibility of Trump win starts to build

As the hours ticked by expat Americans were watching anxiously in JJ Murphy’s bar on Cuba Mall.

They were all members of Democrats Abroad a group of Hilary Clinton supporters in Wellington.

Organiser Kat Allikian says this year’s election has been one of the most entertaining but unpredictable elections they’ve had.

“The nastiness of this year has been beyond what anybody would’ve expected.”

“It’s taken the US election campaign to a different level that I don’t think we really want to be in,” she says

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Democrat Abroad member, Duncan Wright showing his American pride

Another Democrat Abroad member , Duncan Wright, says this year’s election has people anxious about who will actually become President.

“Realistically, Hillary but it’s closer than I’m comfortable but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be her,” Duncan said, late afternoon.

“I’d be pretty damn crushed if he [Trump] wins,” he said.

Kat Alikian said she was confident Hillary would take it out this year, but anything could happen.

“I’m a scientist, so I have to look at the numbers and they’re [numbers] pointing towards Hillary victory, but I also have to be realistic that the polling is not flawless,” Kat said.

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Kiwi guest Ms H and Judy Laird supporting Hillary at the watching party

“Florida and North Carolina are super close….so there may be some surprises we see tonight.”

Another Kiwi guest at the watching party, who asked not to be named, said she just hoped the Democrat party wins in the end even though she did not think it matters who becomes President at this point.

“I was a Bernie supporter so I was quite disappointed because he was the most charismatic of all the candidates and had the most common sense,” she says.

With results being too close to call Democrat supporters were anxious about who would win, but still had hope on a Clinton victory tonight, according to Judy Laird.

“I’m hoping like mad that Hillary will win, but I have this horrible nagging feeling that Trump might and I just don’t like that feeling,” Judy Laird said.

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Democrat Abroad members watch in anticipation as results come rolling in

 

is is a Radio Journalist at Newswire.co.nz, Whitireia Journalism School
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