Knoxville voters surprised, relieved by election outcome

President-elect Donald Trump waves to his supporters after giving his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee was declared a win for Donald Trump early Tuesday night. Sixty-one percent of the vote in the state went to Trump.

As the race was called in his favor and Hillary Clinton officially conceded, the reality of electing the next president set in with voters in Knoxville.

“I’m a Donald Trump supporter, obviously by the button I’m wearing, but I’m very relieved that he won,” said Zachary Bowling.

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Fifty-nine percent of voters in Knox County checked Trump on their ballots, but some were still surprised at the outcome.

“Based on the media saying that Hillary had it locked down, and she apparently did not,” Bowling said.

One sentiment seemed popular with voters on both sides.

“I’m really glad it’s over. This is a magnificent country and it has been such a divisive period,” said Maryann Swan.

All are hopeful the president-elect can put the bitter election behind him and help unify the country over the next four years.

“It’s a sigh of relief that we can come together and move forward, work toward people, work toward our place internationally. I just think it’s wonderful that it’s done and that we’ve had such gracious conciliation speeches and a gracious victory speech, and I just really am positive about moving forward,” Swan said.

Bowling added, “I think it’s a great day for America.”

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