Local Republican and Democratic party leaders react to Trump’s win

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens as he speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) Republican Donald Trump won the presidential race in a stunning upset in early Wednesday morning.

“I’m kind of in shock,” Chair of the Democratic Party in Washington County Nancy Fischman said.

A sentiment many people from both parties can agree with after the Republican victory.

Fischman describes watching the results come in, “North Carolina fell, then Florida fell, we were all getting pretty nervous about it but and then Pennsylvania just put it over the line so that was just really really shocking,” Fischman said.

Trump claimed key battleground states including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, sending him to a victory that defied pre-election polls.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Washington County Republican Party Chairman Michael Hartman said.

Trump is the first person since Dwight Eisenhower to never hold office before winning the presidential election.

“People are tired of career politicians they want a business person, someone who has had to meet a payroll,” Hartman said.

Hartman said like many Republicans, “He was not my first pick.” But he said he hopes Americans will believe Trump when he says he wants to unify our divided nation.

“I hope that he holds true to his word and his platform that he will be a champion for middle-class America,” Hartman said.

But Fischman is concerned the change will undo years of work.

“I grew up during Roe v. Wade and civil rights movement and all that stuff where we thought we’d accomplished so much for this country and now it just seems like we’re headed down a road where a lot of those rights that we fought for now look like they’re going to disappear,” Fischman said.

Fischman, who lost her campaign Tuesday night for state representative, said Washington County Democrats are getting to work, looking ahead to the next election.

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