Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022

American students watch midterm election results unfold in Montreal

Americans in Montreal are watching the results of the U.S. midterm elections very closely.

Members of “Democrats Abroad,” a McGill University student group, met at Montreal bar La P’tite Grenouille on Saint-Laurent boulevard to watch results trickle in.

Many were watching with cautious optimism, some with big hopes for a blue wave.

“There is a lot of more voting this year than there was before so the increase of people voting should make a big difference in the outcome,” said Jeffrey Sugarman, the Montreal chairman of American Democrats Abroad.

For Fatou Ndiaye, who comes from New Jersey, this election is monumental.

“I guess it’s normal to feel nervous about an election of this weight and of this consequence,” Ndiaye said. “Ultimately, I think it’s going to show what are we gonna do after two years of what we’ve seen Trump do and what we’ve seen Republicans do too.”

No matter the outcome, Ndiaye said, it’s not ultimate.

“Voting is not the only form of political participation,” Ndiaye said. “Whatever happens tonight, if we’re not satisfied, we can always get back up and rally people.”

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