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Central Florida reacts to Presidential-elect Donald Trump

ORLANDO, Fla. – The day after the 2016 presidential election, voters in Orange County have been reacting to the news of President-elect Donald Trump securing victory.

"It's a shock to the system, brother," Orlando resident Rob Hamilton said.  "Really, it's going to take a little bit of getting used to, I think."

Hamilton is among the more than 60 percent who voted for Hillary Clinton in Orange County. With more than 9 million votes cast in Florida, Trump edged Clinton by less than 132,000 votes.

Janie Brown also voiced her surprise in the outcome of the presidential race.

"People just weren't thinking about what [Trump] was saying as far as the hurtful things he was saying about this country," Brown said.

Trump supporter Jeff Tudor pointed to a number of hot button issues and voter turnout as keys to a republican presidential victory. 

"[Getting] healthcare so it's affordable," Tudor said.  "My wife is a cancer survivor, so I'm very involved in the cost."

While many are divided on the issues, most also agreed that this is a time for the country to come together.

"I'm hopeful moving forward that we can begin the healing process," Hamilton said.  

Tudor echoed with a similar thought.  "We need to come together as a nation now and grow strong," Tudor said.​

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