Mahoning County voters reckon Trump win, look to future

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Sandwiched between Republican wins in Trumbull and Columbiana counties, Mahoning County voters are reckoning with the results of a Donald Trump win for the White House.

The voting in Mahoning County went 50 percent for Clinton and 47 percent for Trump compared to Columbiana County where Trump took a solid victory with 69 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 27 percent, and in Trumbull County Trump took 51 percent of the vote, compared to Clinton’s 45 percent.

At the YMCA in  downtown Youngstown early Wednesday morning, people coming in to get their morning workout in talked about the election and their vision for the United States following last night’s election.

“I don’t think anyone is totally satisfied. I just hope he can take some measures that will unite the country. Certainly we have some issues we are concerned about and hopefully that’s one of the things he will be able to do,” said Paul Milligan. “We need to pay more attention to the economy of course. And just looking into the streets of our community – the unemployed, the homeless, those who are looking for their next meal, I think we, as a nation, need to step up and take responsibility to address those needs.”

Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo achievements of President Barack Obama. He’s pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama’s landmark health care law, revoke the nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.

The Republican blasted through Democrats’ longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others.

“Our new president has to come out and reassure that all the negative things he said, that he is going to be  president for the entire county not just a certain population. He needs to be a president for everyone, said Justin (no last name given).

Anthony Skarote, who was walking the treadmill next to Justin, said he’s looking forward to a change in Washington politics.

“I feel the better person won. Obviously, the votes show it. I think he will do good for our country. He is a businessman. A little change won’t hurt anyone,” Skarote said.

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