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2016-11-17 / Local News

Parties react to election of Donald Trump

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Orchard Park Editor


President-elect Donald Trump is shown at an April 18 rally in downtown Buffalo prior to the state primary election. 
File photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com President-elect Donald Trump is shown at an April 18 rally in downtown Buffalo prior to the state primary election. File photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Pulling off seemingly the biggest presidential election upset in history, those in Erie County are still talking about Donald Trump’s election night victory.

Trump, the Republican candidate, attained 290 electoral votes as compared to 228 for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Nick Langworthy, chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee, felt strongly that the party’s nominee would perform well.

“It was a jubilant environment at our headquarters and election night celebration as we started to see states he had been counted out in: Florida and North Carolina, as those started to flip. … It was very exciting as that started to happen,” Langworthy said.

“We were proud that Erie County stayed blue and went for Secretary Clinton,” said Jeremy Zellner, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee. “We worked hard here locally and sent a lot of resources to the battleground states and had a tremendous outpouring of support for her here. Obviously we’re very disappointed with the outcome at national level.”

When the state of Wisconsin was called for Trump, Langworthy was convinced the real estate mogul would be president.

Langworthy said Trump’s presidency will be aided by having a Republican Senate and House.

“It’s a much friendlier situation for him than the president has had for the last term,” he said.

While New York State went to the Democrats once again, Langworthy said Trump’s performance in Erie County was the best since Gerald Ford ran for president.

“He performed remarkably well,” he said. “If you look at the townships, he lost widely in the City of Buffalo, and outside of that he ran close or won a whole lot of Democratic areas in the county.”

Zellner said that while Trump had a divisive rhetoric, he was not surprised that he had a positive turnout in Erie County due to his message connecting with working class voters.

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