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caption: Laura Roundy outside the Stilly Diner in downtown Arlington, Washington
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Laura Roundy outside the Stilly Diner in downtown Arlington, Washington
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Conservative voters outside Seattle pin hopes on Trump's legal challenges

In Arlington Washington, just north of Everett, the majority of voters chose Donald Trump for president in the 2020 election.

Joe Biden’s win surprised a lot of people there, on both sides.

At a small metal table outside a coffee shop in downtown Arlington, Val Davis is still celebrating Joe Biden’s victory speech over the weekend.

“I’m so happy I can’t even see straight,” she said.

But at the Krosswalk Pub, Trump supporters EIisa and Randy Harper are definitely not happy.

“I’m sorry, but there’s not going to be a reconciliation between Democrats and Republicans,” Randy Harper said. "Because Democrats will do anything to win. They'll stop at nothing."

“I don’t want to see a civil war, and I see it coming to that" Elisa Harper said. "It’s a sad, sad world we’re gonna live in.”

Outside the Stilly Coffee House, Trump supporter Laura Roundy said she's trying to avoid jumping to conclusions until Trump's legal challenges are resolved.

"I mean, I hope he wins," she said. “But I believe in due process and our courts. You have to have some faith in that process or you don’t have any faith at all, really."

Roundy said she'll wait and see what comes of the lawsuits, and what the recounts show. "I’m pretty open minded; I want real results," she said. "And right now, I feel like it’s hard to access real information."

caption: Olympic Avenue in downtown Arlington
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Olympic Avenue in downtown Arlington
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At a sporting goods store, I asked Trump supporter Rich Senff if a court decision against Trump would convince him to accept Biden as president.

“Eventually, you move on," he said. "Because it’s kind of stupid to try and fight it three and a half, four years, like the Democrats tried to do with Trump the whole time. So yeah, I’ll accept it. Will I like it? Probably not. But I’ll accept it, because you have to. I mean, I didn’t like it when I was sent to bed without my cookie either, as a kid. But you move on.”

Senff is tuning out the news, for awhile and reserving his energy for the next election.