In downtown Anchorage election results prompt rapture and shock

first_imgGeorge LaMoureaux, statewide volunteer coordinator for the Trump campaign, celebrated with his daughter, Ashley LaMoureaux, at Flattop Pizza in downtown Anchorage. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)While many parts of the country — and the world — were stunned by Donald Trump’s upset win Tuesday night, there was one place in Alaska where people claimed they saw it coming all along.True believers gathered at a Trump campaign watch party at Flattop Pizza in downtown Anchorage. When Fox News officially called the race at about 10:40 p.m., the room erupted in rapturous cheers.John MacKinnon was taking in the scene with his wife, Republican state Sen. Anna MacKinnon.“I think we’re seeing America come out and say, ‘We’ve had enough,’” he said. “Enough regulation. Enough government. Enough telling us what we have to do and not what we want to do.”Jerry Ward, a former state senator and Alaska state director for the Trump campaign, reacted to Fox News’s official declaration that Donald Trump had won the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Meanwhile, Democrats gathered just across the street at the restaurant Williwaw were in shock. Many in the audience cried and consoled each other as the outcome became clear.James Primm is vice president of the Alaska Young Democrats. He said he was sure Trump’s values were out of sync with the majority of voters — until he saw the results.“I think a lot of people really thought they would reject Trump’s message,” Primm said. “And instead what you have is a lot of people who really seem to think that is the answer.”That was clearly true in Alaska, where Trump was ahead nearly 52 to 37 percent with 94 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning.Zachariah Hughes contributed to this report.last_img