TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Tens of millions of Americans are revived with a new sense of patriotism after the 2016 presidential election.
"Cloud 9," Donald Trump supporter Tyler Goings said. "Unmatched by any election period in the past."
"I was very excited for him to represent us," supporter Paula Vickers said.
"It's overjoy. I stayed up until two in the morning watching this," supporter Cooper Miller said.
President-Elect Donald Trump's supporters converged on the polls in numbers that surprised politicians and pundits alike.
"In no way do I think these people are racists, bigots. They don't deserve that label," Tangipahoa Parish GOP Chairman Tyler Baker said. "They're Americans just like anybody else. They went out and supported their candidate and their candidate won."
Baker attributes Trump's election to his ability to connect with middle-working class Americans.
"He is the game-changer. He is the outsider. He resonated with them, especially the people that we normally wouldn't see at the polls and people that the Republicans have been trying to get to the polls in a long time," Baker said.
The numbers show Trump made huge strides with small town and rural American voters.
In Orleans Parish, Hillary Clinton earned more than 109,000 votes than Donald Trump. She collected 115,000 more if you count her wins in St. John and St. James Parish.
But in rural parishes in our viewing area, Trump out-polled Clinton by more than 145,000 votes, and if Jefferson Parish is added, the number for Trump jumps another 26,000 more votes than Clinton.
"It's just like everybody's been talking, there's a lot of anger in the United States. He tapped into that and really got the attention of what people wanted to hear," Miller said.
"He was real," Vickers said.
As the boisterous billionaire is set to lead the free world, those millions of Americans who pledged their vote to President-Elect Trump pledge to make sure he lives up to his end of the bargain.
"The overwhelming amount of government regulations in the past hopefully that is a thing of the past," Goings said. "Hopefully, he's going to change things and do what he said what he's ran his entire campaign on him and make America great again."
Donald Trump also surprised many politicos by his performance with minority voters.
Trump received a better percentage with African Americans and Latino voters compared to Mitt Romney in 2012.