— Local US citizens react to controversial US election drama —

As Ireland woke up on Wednesday morning to news of an eventful and continuing US Presidential Election count already steeped in controversy, US citizens resident in The Avondhu area had emotional responses to the drama happening across the pond.

Ballyporeen shop and post office owner Pat Russell, who was born in California, where Democrat Joe Biden had netted over 64% of the votes counted by Wednesday morning, said the closeness of the margin between Trump and Biden came as “a shock.” 

At the time of writing, Democrat Joe Biden had 238 of the total of 270 electoral college votes necessary to win the presidential race, while Republican Donald Trump had a total of 213. However, vote tallying was incomplete in many states: just 36% of Alaskan votes had been counted, with over 20% of votes uncounted in 11 states, according to Reuters news agency. 

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