East Tennesseans see the political divide at home

By: Allie Spillyards Email
By: Allie Spillyards Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The election's over, but people are still flocking to Facebook and Twitter to share their opinions. And while East Tennessee is a traditionally red state, its residents share support for both parties.

"There's always the grand division of Tennessee, West Tennessee and Memphis more blue, Nashville more moderate, more east, say where we are in Knoxville probably more conservative, I think we're going to see that a little more in terms of people's reaction to the election," said Maryville College political science professor Mark O'Gorman.

O'Gorman points out that nationally, the race wasn't as close as it's been in some past races like 2004's. But here, many say the partisanship's growing.

"I think people will get up in arms about it quickly, and it's kind of like rooting for a team. You know, either Obama or Romney or Democrat or Republican," said Joe Noskov.

"This election seemed to be a little more about about popularity, and defining that further is who we liked the best, not necessarily what we stood for," said Bennett Millikan.

We know our state leans red. Looking at national results, only two percent of votes currently separate Obama and Romney. In Tennessee, Romney won the popular vote by 12 percent.

But the most frustrated, said they didn't even participate.

"I didn't vote. I just felt like I couldn't pick one of the two lesser evils. I didn't like either candidate. So I just decided, why vote just to vote?," said Laura Litman.

And many say they're feeling frustrated.

"The fact that this morn.. today you find yourselves with essentially the same playing field we had before yesterday's election: the same president in office our Democratic U.S. senate who we had just before the election and Republican house we had just before the election-- so if you have the same players... can you expect different results?," said O'Gormally.


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