By JuliAnne Rose and Heather Perry/PLU MediaLab
Morale may have been dropping at the Election Night Party, hosted by the Washington State Republican Party, but supporters carry a hopeful message.
More than a thousand hopeful supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, making it difficult to walk the ballroom. Even more people filled the hallways of the first floor.
“Who is as nerve-wracked as I am?” asked Secretary of State candidate, Kim Wyman, as poll numbers continued to roll in supporting Democratic president nominee, President Barack Obama, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jay Inslee.
The numbers aren’t definite, Wyman reminded the crowd.
“Even though the numbers aren’t there yet, we’re heading in the right direction,” said Wyman. “Late ballots historically trend more conservative.”
Supporters refused to give up.
Dressed in kilts, Republican supporters Robert Sutherland and Jeffrey Ross said they want the numbers to turn around.
“We’re watching CNN,” said Ross of the election numbers. “I hope someone has it different.”
Even as Republican votes are looking down, Sutherland and Ross see their heritage as a reason to still have a good time.
“Where there is an event like this, I feel it is appropriate to dress in my Scottish dress and celebrate,” said Sutherland with his hip flask sporting a support Rob McKenna sticker.