As election night results begin to pour in, Canadians and expatriate Americans around Metro Vancouver are glued to the screen to find out who will be the next U.S. President.
Many have opted to head to viewing parties around the city, including sold out events at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver organized by the American Chamber of Commerce and Rogue Wetbar hosted by Democrats Abroad.
At the Democrat event at Rogue, the crowd broke into a rendition of the U.S. national anthem as the room began to fill up. Many say they worry the world will look at the U.S. differently if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the election.
Marietta, from Texas, told CKNW she voted for Hillary Clinton because she grew up in a place where racism and hatred were a part of life.
“I left, I looked for a better place, where people were kind and good to each other, and I’ve always known these hatreds and these feelings existed and continued to exist, just more secretive. And now I believe Trump has given the haters permission to expand,” she said.
Over at the Fairmont, where many Republicans have gathered, many say they just want the election to be over.
Former Minnesotan Jeff Peterson says he’s expecting a Clinton win, possibly by a wider margin than some had predicted.
“Frankly as a Republican who’s disgusted by Donald Trump I would like to see him go down very very badly, would not like to see a close result,” he said.