ELECTION 2020 | McDonough County residents, WIU react to presidential election

By DEVIN BROOKS, News Reporter

MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) — Local residents are sharing mixed feelings after former Vice President Joe Biden was named the projected winner of the presidential election during the weekend.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am with the results of the election,” Colchester resident Roberta Moore said.

“I’m a little disappointed with the way that the election went,” Colchester resident Beata Stout said.

Local community members and students at Western Illinois University gave their opinions about the presidential race.

“With the new president, I hope that he brings the country more together,” Jean Miller said.

“You have to have love to run something, and he definitely has that,” WIU student Vanessa Barban said.

While some are glad to hear the news, people who voted for President Donald Trump hope the country will be in good shape. 

“Trump lowered the taxes and got more money in the hands of the people with jobs, new jobs” Macomb resident and Navy veteran Gene Shryack said.

“I’m a Trump supporter, but I’m okay with it,” WIU student Shaw Guidi said. “I’m in the military, and I still think he’ll do a good job.”

Students and residents said their focus will remain on how the nation moves forward.

“I haven’t been a fan of how politics has been the past couple of years, Democratic and Republican,” WIU student Jack Hogeboom said.

“I think I’m more happy about Kamala Harris becoming the vice president making history,” WIU student De’Angelo Biggs said.

“Both candidates didn’t really show me that I should vote for them,” WIU student Skylah Richardson said.

President-elect Biden passed the 270 electoral count Saturday morning after winning Pennsylvania. Inauguration day is set for Jan. 20.

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