As the key battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan were called for former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Tyler Briggs, a Republican from Charlestown, was hoping to see President Donald Trump take the lead. But he was also preparing for defeat. 

“I’d like to see Trump stay in office,” said Briggs. But he added, “I expect, after a long, drawn-out count, Biden will win.”

The current nail-biter caught some, including Briggs, by surprise. 

“Frankly, I expected a blue wave,” Briggs said, “because that’s what all the polls said, and that’s what all the news media said.” 

Cranston resident Karen Harris was also expecting a blue wave and said she’s hugely disappointed that Democrats didn’t decisively sweep the Senate and presidency. Harris came to America 40 years ago from Jamaica, and she thinks the unexpected support for Trump comes down to racial divides.

“I went to bed completely disappointed in American people, totally disappointed,” said Harris. “It’s clear to me, that because I’m Black, I’m not wanted in this country. I am hated because of the color of my skin and I can’t change that. I can educate as much as I want, I can have as much money as I want-- I am just hated because of the color of my skin. That’s what I realized last night.”

Harris jokingly refers to herself as “K. Harris 2020” in reference to Senator and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. She was excited about the possibility of a Biden-Harris administration. But as the results trickle in, she’s feeling less hopeful about the future. 

“I’m 57 years old, I’ve lost confidence in the American fairness, the American democracy, the American spirit,” said Harris. “I’m thinking you’re smiling in my face, but in the end, in your house, you’re still calling me a n-----. It’s a feeling of feeling unsafe because you’re so disappointed.”

“It should have been a landslide,” she added.

Joe Hanson, an Independent from Cranston, was also hoping for a Biden blowout.  

“It’s saddening,” said Hanson, although he added that Biden wasn’t his ideal candidate. 

“I’m disappointed that Biden was the nominee, period,” Hanson said. The best that they could come up with was Joe Biden, and that’s the sad and depressing part of this whole thing is.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Hanson said he was still hopeful that Biden had a path to victory. But as he waited for results, he’s just looking for a distraction. 

“I’m going to take a drive to Costco today, to get away from all,” Hanson said. “I have classical music on, I don’t want to think about all this for a little bit of a period,” said Hanson.  

As ballots counting continues, and litigation moves through the courts, the uncertainty for voters drags on