After a seemingly endless slog of insults and advertisements, voters on both sides of the political divide could agree on one thing Tuesday: They’re relieved that it’s finally over.

“I’m just so tired of the whole thing,” Deborah Powell of Lewiston said. She called the election “the worst ever.”

The results main event on Election Day — whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump would win the White House — remain unclear.

Choosing between them proved as tough for many voters as it was for the nation.

But Kathy Grant of Lewiston found herself “on the fence for a long, long time” as she weighed which flawed presidential candidate deserved her support.

“It’s really, really hard this year,” she said.


She’s afraid of Trump’s temper and concerned about “the many things” that came up about Clinton during the race, she said.

Grant wouldn’t say who finally got her vote — it might raise hackles in a divided family — but she did say the campaign was “too long, too dragged out and too nasty.”

In front of the polling place at Longley Elementary School, Doug Taylor said he backed Trump because he thinks it’s crucial for his children and grandchildren.

“I’m all for shoring up the border,” he said, and cutting down on immigration that is “bankrupting our city and our nation.”

Hodo Yusuf of Lewiston said she voted for Clinton because she agrees with the Democrats’ platform. And it doesn’t hurt that Clinton is a woman, she added.

Hannah Prince, a Bates junior, described herself as “a strong woman voting for a strong woman.”


“This is a historic moment for the entire country,” said Emma Egan, a Bates College junior from Freeport.

Powell, too, said she voted for Clinton. She said she thinks the Democrat is “the better person.”

“Mr. Trump, you just can’t say everything that’s on your mind,” Powell added.

Trevor Laliberte of Sabattus, 18, voted for the first time.

“This is a big one,” he said, because no matter which candidate they wound up backing “we’re all scared.”

Patti Gagne, chairwoman of the Androscoggin County Republican Party, said her party did everything it could to boost Trump and the rest of its slate. People “were working really hard” knocking on doors, making calls and more, she said.


Her Democratic counterpart, Tom Reynolds, said Democrats had “a great field staff” coordinated with the Clinton and Emily Cain congressional campaigns.

Reynolds said that he’s concerned that whatever the outcome, the nation is too divided. “The polarization of our country is not going away,” he said.

He said Trump bears a lot of responsibility for “whipping people into a frenzy” and encouraging discrimination.

“We need to decide what we want to be as a people,” he said. He added that he hopes political leaders can learn to compromise and work together again to cope with problems they can all see.

Jen Laliberte, said she thought the election was “so hateful” much of the time that she couldn’t stomach it.

“We have to all come together tomorrow,” Laliberte said. “We’re all Americans.” 


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