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Mourn? Cheer? Most seek unity after contentious presidential race

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'We had three people (Trump, Obama and Hillary Clinton) coming together. Good or bad, this is how democracy works.'

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: SHANNON WELLS - Longtime Gresham resident Julie Sunderland decided to spend the day after the election tooling around town with the word 'United' taped in the back of her SUV.Tuesday’s presidential election left some people in tears, some angry young people marching through downtown Portland and others cheering to make America great again.

Gresham’s Julie Sunderland decided to take a different approach. She used red and blue tape to spell “UNITED” in the back window of her Cadillac sport utility vehicle. It was her way of bridging the political divide and soothing nerves rattled by a year-long presidential campaign that ended with the surprise election of Republican Donald J. Trump.

As of Wednesday, Trump had won 279 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 228. Clinton won the popular vote by a narrow margin, but lost the electoral vote as Trump was able to turn Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania red.

"I made it as subtle as I could, and I used as much red tape as I did blue tape," Sunderland said Wednesday as she drove around Gresham. "I listened to Trump's speech and it brought me to tears. I was so glad because it was humble. And so was Hillary's. I listened to President Obama say how eight years ago the Bush presidency set an example by making the transition as smooth as possible, and he was going to do the same.

"We had three people (Trump, Obama and Hillary Clinton) coming together. Good or bad, this is how democracy works. That people can come together like this the morning after the election, rocks!



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