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Mixed reactions in Lafayette over presidential race results

Posted at 12:23 AM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 02:36:36-05

LAFAYETTE — There are mixed reactions in Lafayette over the results of the 2020 presidential election.

A dozen of supporters of President-elect Joe Biden gathered at the Mouton statue downtown to celebrate his projected victory.

"It feels like I haven't breathed this easily in about four and a half years," said Rachel Foreman.

Community activist Jamal Taylor called Saturday night's gathering a celebration of hope.

"The hateful rhetoric of the last three and a half, three plus years, a little bit more than that, that hope wins every time. Hope is endearing, that hope is undeniably going to win," said Taylor. "This country has a way of correcting itself. It corrected itself today."

However, the feeling isn't mutual among everyone.

Biden being named the president-elect is worrisome to supporters of President Trump.

"I'm a very pro, local oil industry kind of guy, and it concerns me with the Green New Deal that this is just going totally in the wrong direction," said Tommy Broussard, a Trump supporter.

Trump has alleged voter fraud regarding the race results.

As of now, officials say they have not been able to find any clear evidence that occurred.

Regardless, the president's supporters are backing him up.

"I thought sure Trump would have it when you look at the people attending his rallies, and then the sleeping-in-the-basement Joe... Where did all these people go? How were they mislead? I believe that it's crook," said Tommy Broussard, a supporter of Trump.

Supporters of Biden are urging those in opposition to accept the election results.

"I think it was a pretty transparent setup, the way it was done. They had people from both parties in there and able to see it, but if they don't believe it, check it out," said Foreman. "I believe everybody has a right to do that."

December 8 is the deadline for resolving election disputes at the state level. All state recounts and court contests over presidential election results are also to be completed on that date.