"The vote in the U.S. is democratic, but for us Cubans the result is complicated, because there is no clear result for the world and we are subject to that, and I think we will be affected if Trump wins."
"Those comments (by Trump) are a strategy to reinforce the possibility of his victory: 'so you can't say he (Biden) is the winner and the Democratic Party has committed fraud'. So, we will see what the people say, we have to wait for the vote count and see how it comes out."
The outcome of the U.S. elections has sparked intense interest in Cuba, where many residents see a stark difference between a Democratic Party win and four more years of a Trump Administration.
Like much of the U.S., and the rest of the world, residents on the island are intensely interested in the outcome, seeing a Biden win as a net positive for the island, and hopeful the democrats will eke out a victory.
Cuba is suffering from an economic crisis driven by the ongoing pandemic, which has crushed tourism to the country, a major source of income for many, and a mainstay of the once-thriving private sector.
Sanctions by the Trump Administration have also caused economic pain, and forced adjustments in the government finances and annual budget, which is running at a high deficit.
A Democratic administration might not solve some of the economic problems the country is confronting, but it could at least provide some psychological relief for residents who feel under siege by the pandemic and the U.S. Government.
While the vote count continues in the U.S., many on the island are anxiously waiting for the results, looking for an outcome that matches their hopes for the future.