Donald Trump stunned observers on Tuesday with his upset in the presidential election. Not only did he beat Hillary Clinton, but he also split off one of Maine’s four electoral votes for the first time.

Before the results came in, the BDN talked with voters at polling stations across Maine to get their reactions to the state of the election.

Here is what they had to say.

Ross Harris, 22, a nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent

“Back in 2012, I placed a lot of meaning and hope on voting. Now, I vote, but I understand that bureaucracy is slow. It takes time for change to occur. So, I feel nothing will change overnight, but I think the divisiveness and vitriol of this election will encourage people to be more active in politics and, hopefully, place more pressure on their representatives to end the stagnation we’ve seen more and more in recent years.”

Marci Wilcox, 46, a licensed nurse in Presque Isle

“Glad it’s over with. Time to get back to life,” said Wilcox, who voted for Trump. “It was the lesser of the two evils.”

Margo Davis, 66, a professional surveyor in Belfast

“Everybody is so ready for this to be over. I feel that the issues weren’t addressed and the campaign was filled with nastiness. I’ve come around to respect Hillary Clinton for her years of service, but it was a very misogynist race and that disturbed me.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick, 21, of Houlton

“As a woman, I am most concerned about the makeup of the Supreme Court. I would like to make sure that all of my rights are protected.”

Barbara Osgood, 43, St. David

“I didn’t like the campaign. It was way too negative, and the candidates never talked about what they stood for.”

Linda Arsen, 50, of Turner

“I love Gov. Paul LePage. I’m hoping Trump will be just like LePage. I like what he did for welfare reform.”

Norman Cyr, 76, of Madawaska

“I have mixed feelings. Not totally satisfied with either candidate. I went with Trump because he said he would stir things up in Washington. A lot of things need to get done.”

Kristal Libby, 38, of Lewiston

“If Trump gets elected, we’re all doomed. He’s a racist, a bigot and a liar. He’s dangerous. His way of getting people to respect him is through fear. I have zero respect for him. I don’t understand how people who are middle- or lower income are for him. We’re minions to him.”

Brie O’Malley, 37, of Portland

“I’m Clinton all the way. Pantsuit Nation!”

Adam Ratterree, 35, the Waldo County chairman for the Trump presidential campaign

“He is different than other politicians. Trump shares a little more of what I call common-sense conservatism.”

Gail Solomita, 53, of Caribou

“In the past I kind of looked forward to the election. This year, I look forward to it being over.”

Craig Green, a Presque Isle city councilor

“For me, all politics are local. The only thing we can really affect is what we deal with in our own community. I’ve been more of the mind that I can be more effective to go out in my community and help people than I can be to sit back, and I think everyone has that potential.”

Marcia Cooper, 62, a retired disability rights advocate from Belfast

“I was eager to vote for people who hopefully could change the dynamics to something that’s more reasonable. It’s critical to elect people who know how to govern in a bipartisan, transparent way, and who know how to compromise. The Founding Fathers fought tooth and nail. They didn’t all get their own way. It came down to the idea of compromise.”

Elizabeth Chase, 57, of Belfast

“The vote for president is the most important vote of my lifetime. How did this Trump thing happen? Voting against Trump is, in a way, so much bigger. There would be a more significant change if Trump got in.”

Andrew Dube, 29, of Madawaska

“I’ve been following elections since I was 9 years old. We’ve gone from policy to celebrity. Something’s been degraded.”