Post-election lessons discussed at Harrisburg City Council meeting

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Councilman Ben Allatt said a lot of people were disappointed with the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election results.

Allatt says that a lot of people are feeling anxiety after the election.

“We have to stand up for those who are living in fear,” Allatt said, “especially those who don’t have a voice. We have to lift them up and provide as much peace as we can for them.”

Mayor Eric Papenfuse says there were a lot of lessons that we all can learn from Tuesday.

“We learned that every vote counts,” he said. “At polling places around the country, the outcome was decided by just a handful of votes and it ended up being a very close election.”

Councilman Cornelius Johnson said that more people need to vote as often as possible and understand the impact of local elections.

“There is an election next year and in 2018, 2019 and again in 2020,” Johnson said. “Those are the important elections that will affect your personal life.”

Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research says Hillary Clinton did well in the Philadelphia region, but Donald Trump exceeded expectations in other parts of the state.

“You saw this on the stump, when he stuck to the playbook of talking about Obamacare premiums in every state that he visited and trade deficits,” Lee said. “That was a message tailor-made for a state like Pennsylvania.”

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