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Downhearted end to US Embassy watch party as Trump wins

By: - Reporter / @NikkoDizonINQ
/ 07:38 PM November 09, 2016
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US Embassy in Manila, Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA — If the US Embassy election watch party in Manila were the USA, Hillary Clinton would have been the first female US president.

The embassy’s guests turned out to be pro-Clinton, as most left the Grand Sunset Pavilion of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila with heavy hearts as Republican candidate Donald Trump galvanized his election victory. A small group of Filipinos also cheered when it was announced that Clinton won in California.

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The mock elections were among the sidelights at the election party.

US charge d’affaires Michael Klecheski announced that there were 324 voters, assuming that everyone voted only once.

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He said that from the total vote cast, 82.4 percent went for Clinton while 12.9 percent chose Trump.

Klecheski reminded the audience that their votes did not count in the Nov. 8 elections, drawing laughter from the crowd.

The election watch ended at around 2 p.m., when almost all the electoral college votes had come in, giving Trump a surprise victory in the hotly contested presidential race.  SFM

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