"The first thing I'll do when I wake up is to check the US Elections result"
At 7.30 pm (1.30 pm in Philadelphia), Rafa Soto, director of an advertising agency in Barcelona, had not yet consulted the Internet in all day to follow the course of the American elections. Like most Barcelona citizens, and Europeans in general, Rafa expects Hillary Clinton to win. He does not know very well if she is as corrupt as some media say, or why she is so umpopular, but any alternative to Trump is better.
"It's obvious that someone who has been in politics for so many years can have her hands clean of corruption of any kind, but you can not compare a person as prepared as Hillary Clinton to a mediocre person like Donald Trump," says Jordi Rourera, editor of a well-known Barcelona publishing house. Jordi is also confident that the Democrat candidate is going to win. And also does Albert Llobet, a Catalan engineer, employed at the offices of Hewlett Packard in Barcelona, who got home an hour ago and has no intention to follow the news on the US elections while he has dinner. "It will be the first thing I 'll do when I wake up " he says.
"Anyway, we will know not know the results before down, right?", adds Rafa, sounding as unworried as ALbert.
Europe will go to sleep confident that Hillary Clinton will be the new president of the United States and hoping not to find unpleasant surprises like the Brexit when she wakes up.
"Trump booed when he arrives to the polling station in Manhattan", was the web headline of the three main Spanish newspapers, El País, El Mundo and La Vanguardia, a few minutes before 8 pm on Tuesday (Barcelona time) In an unprecedented media deployment, the three Spanish media are offering live coverage of the elections on their website. El País reporter Sandro Pozzi featured a tweet from Clint Eastwood giving support to the Republican candidate: "Clint Eastwood talks about a victorious Donald Trump. His support for the Republican candidate is well-known, although he admitted in the past that he has no great enthusiasm for the tycoon. What he does not want for sure is to see Hillary Clinton as president and that of continuity to Barack Obama's agenda, "he writes.
El Mundo newspaper highlights the "high participation of Latinos in the US elections," based on the anticipated vote so far. "The envelopes with the ballots of those 41 million voters can not be opened until they close the polling stations. But demographic analysis already makes one thing clear: a significant increase in the number of Hispanics who are coming to vote in key states like Florida or Nevada, with the precision that the Hispanic vote is the one that can tip the scales to Hillary Clinton, " according to the Spanish news.
In Germany, the influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper had a story titled "Triumph, Sadness and Fear of Terrorism" on its front page about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will spend the day in Manhattan. In Times Square, Hillary's fans are now a majority: "We're going to put the first woman president in the White House," a souvenir seller from Manhattan tells the German newspaper.. Germany, the leading European power, is also ruled by a woman, Angela Merkel. A few feet away from Union Sq, there's the Midtown Hilton, Donald Trump's place to spend election night with the rest of the Republican team, "despite being so close to the Trump Tower," the FAZ writes. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has chosen a place full of symbolism: the "Jacob K. Javits Conference Center" in Hell's Kitchen, a glazed building overlooking the Hudson: "The glass ceiling is a metaphor that Clinton used often in her speeches to describe an unfair system which prevents certain groups from obtaining powerful jobs due to their race or gender. In her case, to potentially win the top job in the nation.