31 Dec '16, 2am

PHOTO GALLERY: @TheCVN69 carrier group returns from the Middle East after 7-month deployment

NORFOLK, Va. — Sailing on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lara Runge placed a rare phone call to her wife Jessica in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Election Day. The women prayed together "for the safety of our country and that equality would remain consistent." Both supported Hillary Clinton, while the majority of the ship's crew voted for President-elect Donald Trump, said Runge, an aviation electronics technician on the aircraft carrier. "With the election, it was kind of rough there for a while," Runge, 27, said Friday, after stepping off the carrier in its homeport of Norfolk. "You have a lot of diversity in the Navy," she said. "But there are a lot of people who don't feel that's best for the Navy." Even for sailors who were half a world away and deployed for the past seven months, the tensions of this year's particularly divisive presidential election were unavoidable. But ...

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