AN AMERICAN who upped sticks to move to Hartlepool is “intrigued” by the closely fought US election race - but is hoping Barack Obama secures another term in the White House.
Mr Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are almost neck and neck according to surveys ahead of today’s vote.
The pair have spent their final campaigning days jetting around the US frantically fighting for the important votes which could swing the election either way.
Nikki Collins-Ross, 41, who lives in the Brierton area of Hartlepool, has been keeping close tabs on both Mr Obama and Mr Romney’s campaigns and she is hoping the current President is given more time to “continue what he has started”.
Nikki, who moved to Hartlepool from Santa-Monica, in California, in 2010, told the Mail that despite the fact she no longer lives in the US, she will be slightly anxious ahead of the big announcement in the early hours of tomorrow, American time.
She said: “It’s never been this much of a dead heat.
“Unfortunately I don’t think many people were ready for the big changes Obama has made like trying to get a nationalised health care.
“The state of the economy hasn’t helped and I think that has been against him, but he did do a big bailout of Chrysler.
“I hope he is elected, I just worry about foreign policy if Romney is elected.”
Nikki, who makes her own jewellery and spent years working on boutiques on cruise ships, where she met her husband, Martin Ross, 56, said she was impressed with the way Mr Obama dealt with the disaster in New York as Superstorm Sandy hit last week, which killed dozens.
She added: “I think his true colours really came to the fore there, he stood strong.”
Nikki is in close contact with friends and family members who still live in the USA, but says they are all Democrats, which makes it hard to gauge the public opinion in the USA.
“My friends are in California where just about everyone is a Democrat,” she added.
“But it’s been very interesting to watch it on the American news channels, a lot of them have taken sides like they always do.
“I don’t think Obama’s ammo will change that much if he is elected, and I want to see him continue what he has started.”
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