Opinion polls deceived us, Kogelo residents react to Trump win

Opinion polls deceived us, Kogelo residents react to Trump win

Residents of Kogelo Village in Siaya County have expressed their disappointment following Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Donald Trump garnered well over 275 electoral votes, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 218 – making him be declared winner by 12 noon Wednesday, November 9.

Kogelo residents who on Tuesday, November 8, had conducted mock elections predicted that Hillary Clinton would floor Donald Trump by 78 percent to 22 percent of the total electoral votes, going ahead to celebrate Clinton’s “victory” in the streets of Kogelo centre.

And when victory was eminent for Donald Trump as early as Wednesday morning, when projections were trickling in, it dawned on unbelieving Kogelo residents that Trump would carry the day – an outcome they did not forebode.

They had already described Trump as “discriminatory” and “dictatorial”, and a leader who would not warm up to Kogelo as Hillary would, given her close relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama.

After Clinton’s loss, Kogelo residents shifted blame on international opinion polling companies for misleading them that their favourite candidate (Clinton) would emerge victorious.

Nonetheless, life has to move on – and they have vowed to live each day at a time under Trump’s leadership in the U.S.

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