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Some voters feeling uneasy waiting for final presidential outcome

Posted November 5, 2020 12:02 a.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2020 7:51 a.m. EST

— As of Wednesday night, there’s no clear winner in the 2020 presidential election. So how are voters managing and coping with the ongoing election angst?

The topic of the election was a huge talking point over the dinner table for folks in Cameron Village Wednesday night. Viewers said they mostly feel anxious because they don’t know how long this waiting period will play out.

Ballots are in, but the 2020 election is far from over.

"We were definitely checking our phones a few times to see any updates," Haley Wooten said.

The lack of uncertainty has been wearing on some voters who are exhausted from endless campaigning. Recounts and legal challenges of razor-thin margins in swing states, including North Carolina, make it even tougher to cope.

"The stress of Election Day, plus the stress of feeling like your country's being stolen by people trying to steal the system," Malcolm Goff said.

As of Wednesday night, both candidates were still short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Mail-in ballot returns continue to stream in and could take days to count. President Donald Trump has called to stop counting votes after Election Day.

In a tweet, Trump said his campaign has claimed victory in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina for electoral college purposes. Joe Biden has been taking a different approach, tweeting that every vote must be counted.

"I have faith in our democracy in terms of, I think, hopefully, every vote will be counted, and they feel as their voice will be heard," Elizabeth Reidy said.

Only time will tell how long this all will play out, considering the canvass in North Carolina takes place Nov. 13. All eyes will continue to stay on the battleground states.

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