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Another 2020 Bummer Is Leaving Kansas Citians Stressed Over A Still-Unfinished Election

Teresa Welden says she's worried the election will be stolen from her candidate, Donald Trump
Teresa Welden says she's worried the election will be stolen from her candidate, Donald Trump

As the presidential campaigns keep an eye on vote counts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other swing states, many people at Truman Corners Mall in Grandview, Missouri, say they have had it with politics.

"I'm sick of it — sick of all of them," says David Chiarelli of Belton, Missouri.

Chiarelli, 57, does have a favorite. "Trump! But you know, he's got some issues too," says Chiarelli. "But at the end of the day, I'm just fed up."

Others say they're just ready for the presidential election to be over and don't care who wins.

Erick Weekley, who turned 55 on Election Day, headed into the grocery store with his two young daughters in tow.

"I'm a business owner, so I voted for Trump the first time. But, I just can't take one more day of this. I don't know what to do now," says Weekley.

Weekley, who this time voted for Democrat Joe Biden, says President Trump mishandled the pandemic. He says waiting for the outcome is frustrating.

"It's unsettling because everything that's going on right now is unsettling," says Teresa Welden, a 54-year-old Kansas City taxi driver.

"It's unnerving because I mean, I'm gonna put it out there — I want Trump to win," Weldon says. "I want him to have every opportunity, and I want to know who my president is."

The Associated Press called Wisconsin, which Trump won in 2016, for Biden Wednesday afternoon, and in this unscientific snapshot, Biden voters seemed to be much more sanguine about the election's ultimate outcome.

"I feel great," says Don Phansiri, a 34-year-old from Lawrence.

"They're going to count every vote," Phansiri says, who believes that when all the votes are in Biden will be the president-elect.

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Business owner Erick Weekley voted for Trump in 2016, but Biden this year
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Business owner Erick Weekley voted for Trump in 2016, but Biden this year

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