East Texas party leaders weigh in on 2016 presidential election

East Texas party leaders weigh in on 2016 presidential election
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - We are less than 24 hours away from picking the 45th president of the United State.

On Monday, both Democrats and Republicans spent the day vying for their respective candidates.

"Small victories are everywhere, the problem is you've got to have a bunch of them to do any good," said Angelina County Republican Chair Donald Baum.

From e-mail scandals to secret audio recordings being released, both parties reflected on some of the lowest moments in the 2016 campaign.

"The e-mails kind of threw the whole campaign into turmoil," said Angelina County Democrat Chair Shirley Layton. "It was really inappropriate. I think that was one of the low points."

"It was mighty convenient for that video he did years ago to come out recently," said Caleb Morgan, a volunteer with the Republican Club. "I say he's been doing fantastic considering what's all been against him."

This year's election has been nothing short of a roller-coaster.

"It is a joke. Our candidates are not the best candidates to choose from," said Alexandria Austin, an Angelina College student.

While the 2016 race for the White House almost over, both parties were out Monday voicing their opinion at Angelina College.

"I think he's resonating very much with the people without jobs, the coal miners, and just about anybody in the country that is hurting right now as far as jobs are concerned," Baum said, referring to Trump.

"She is the more honest, by a long shot," Layton said, referring to Clinton.

"There's just a lot at risk," said U.S. Representative, Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler. "I'm hoping and praying that things will go well tomorrow."

"I think it's very much a tossup," Morgan said.  "A lot of states are moving in ways they haven't moved before. A lot of undecided voters are voting in."

East Texas Republicans are standing behind Trump, regardless of the negative attention.

"He loves this country and is going to do everything he can to get it on the right track," Baum said, referring to Trump.

"It feels like he's going to win, and win effectively, but it's hard to say right now," Gohmert said.

However, Clinton supporters think otherwise. Many feel she's going to turn the historically red state blue.

"I think we're going to have a tough time in Texas, but I think we've made great strides," Layton said.  "I think overall, Hillary is going to win."

You  can cast your vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 8th. Don't forget to bring your I.D.

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