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Sacramento Region Voters React To Donald Trump's Win

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Voters React To A Trump Presidency

Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Lisa Reagan was among a group of Trump supporters celebrating in Roseville.

She says this election was about small business for her.

"I've struggled. I've had to make hard decisions," says Reagan. "People pick on him about his businesses. But, it takes a lot to run a business and I've employed people and unless you've done that, you don't know how hard it is."

Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen is a Clinton supporter.

"It's very clear something's happened tonight and it's something that we're all going to have to work to understand and figure out how we're going to move forward."

- Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Davis Voters Respond To A Trump Presidency

As the election rolled on into the wee hours last night, Davis Democrat viewers descended into disappointment and shock when polls revealed a tight race had gone to Trump. 

Marlene Bell is the Vice Chair of the Yolo County Democratic Party. As she cleaned up what was left of her group's viewing party in downtown Davis last night around 11 p.m., she said she was deeply disappointed.

"This is a very sad day for America. This is a very sad say for people of color, it's a very sad day for people in small business and for education... for every part of our country that we value," says Bell. 

Inside the same viewing party, Nathan Hodgens said the presidential race certainly put a damper on the local Democratic victories of the night.

"The national results have really put a damper on our expectations and really the highlight of the nights and we're hoping we can keep a local force in place to counteract the national outcome," Hodgens says.

Local Democrats Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Kevin McCarty won the two open Assembly seats and former Assemblywoman and Democrat Assemblyman Bill Dodd beat out fellow Democrat, Mariko Yamada in State Senate District 3.

- Sally Schilling / Capital Public Radio

Voters In Jackson Consider Trump's Win

Jackson voter Phillip Selegue explains why he's excited about a Trump presidency:

"I think he is more of a blue collar worker and protects the ideals that I would hold sacred. The ideals of a non-socialistic society of those that would take from the rich and give to the poor."

A Tuolumne County resident, Sabrina Francis, was in Jackson Tuesday and explains why she's excited for Trump to take the White House.

"He is so down to earth. I've gone to two of the rallies. I went to the Anaheim rally and I also went to the San Jose rally. And when he speaks, if you're actually at the rallies, you definitely feel he's speaking to you."

- Capital Public Radio Staff

Voters Respond To The Media's Coverage Of The Election

The election may be over, for the most part, but the conversation regarding the role of the media in the presidential election continues.
The steady stream of people lining up to vote in a polling place in south Yuba City included Trump and Clinton supporters. Each person had a different response to the question:
"What do you think of the media coverage of this year's elections?"


Jennifer Vela filled out her ballot in the parking lot while the baby snoozed in a car seat. She says the election coverage was biased.

"It was definitely heavily swayed toward bombing Trump and praising Hillary or trying to fix any faux pas. Donald definitely had faux pas for sure. But, it just seemed very one-sided. But, I'm not surprised by that at all. It just keeps getting worse and worse each year."

Nancy Sager and her service dog, Whisper, both got "I voted" stickers. She's a lifelong Democrat.

"I think it was fine. Depending on what channel you watched, you got different points of view for sure. I don't have any problem with the media coverage of the election."

Ruth Parker says the tone of this election was created by the two major political parties and driven by the media.

"The dirt and trashing of each other, but the media encourages that and all that's served to do is pit neighbor against neighbor. We worry about the kids in school being bullies against each other. But, we're being bullies against each other."

A Gallup Poll released in September showed the public's trust in the media is at its lowest point since 1972, which is when Gallup began taking polls.

- Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

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