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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With election day just two days away, American's are wondering who will be the next president of the United States.

While the national polls still have the race too close to call, many voters are excited to know who will be the next leader of the free world.

"I am new to the state of Georgia and one of the first things I did as a new resident was get my driver's license so I could register in time for the election," said Kristen Trottier, Voter.

"I have sent in my absentee ballot two weeks ago," said Jim Mattingly, Voter.

Jim Mattingly knows firsthand the struggles American's have been dealing with in this economy, the same struggles both candidates discuss while campaigning.

"I experienced a lot of the things that have been coming up in the debates," said Mattingly.

 Like many Americans, Mattingly was laid off in 2010.

"It was tough, and to be honest with you, all the help that I always heard that was out there for people who are unemployed, I didn't really see any of that, I about lost my house, didn't have any insurance coverage," said Mattingly.

He has since then gotten back on his feet and is working.

After years of not paying attention to the issues surrounding past elections, this election has sparked intrigue and he is not alone.

"One thing in particular that I am interested in seeing is the end to the gridlock in Congress, whoever is voted into the presidency, I hope that congress will support," said Trottier.

 "I don't know that one man can change it, but I just pray that whoever gets elected can put their differences aside and come together," said Mattingly.

And many people are eager to have their voices be heard.  Almost 1.5 million Georgians have already cast their ballots.

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