For George Edmundson, election night in Skagit County was a roller coaster.
“I was apprehensive for sure (but now) I’m happy as a clam in high tide,” said Edmundson, chairman of the Skagit County Republican Party. “If (Donald Trump) does everything he promises, we’ll be in great shape (as a country).”
Edmundson said he was nervous going into election night because of Trump’s poor performance in the polls. But by the end of the night, he said he went to bed happy.
Edmundson watched the results come in Tuesday night at a party at the county Republican office, which he said was attended by about 60 people.
He said he doesn’t agree with everything Trump said over the course of his presidential campaign, but added that Trump has come closer to the mainstream Republican Party in the past month.
“I don’t agree with 100 percent of what he says, but like Ronald Reagan said, ‘If you get 80 percent of what you want, you’re doing pretty good,’” he said.
Bob Doll, chair of the Skagit Democrats, did not respond to a request for comment.
Mark Hulst, the Skagit County Republican Party’s state committeeman, is happy, but less jubilant.
“With Mr. Trump winning the presidency, there’s a lot of responsibility,” said Hulst, an early Trump supporter. “We have to keep his feet to the fire.”
Specifically, Hulst said he is excited for Trump’s proposed moratorium on federal regulations, and a restructuring of the tax code. Trump’s promise to invest heavily in infrastructure, Hulst said, will create jobs and tax revenue nationwide.
Hulst said he isn’t concerned with Trump’s language or temperament, saying he’s not a polished politician, and sometimes says things that could be seen as offensive to others.
In terms of immigration policy, Hulst said he doesn’t see mass deportation as feasible, but respects Trump’s stated goal of making it harder for refugees to enter the country.
“America gave him the chance to put his money where his mouth is,” he said.