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With each new network projection, morale drooped at state GOP election night party in Bellevue

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
November 6, 2012 10:19 pm

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.

 

Secretary of State candidate Kim Wyman addresses the crowd at the Republican election night party in the Evergreen ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue. "Let's have a little faith, and keep praying," Wyman said as high democratic numbers came in. (Heather Perry/MediaLab)
Robert Sutherland, left, and Jeffrey Ross, right, sport kilts to celebrate their heritage at the Republican election night party in the Evergreen ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue. "When there is an event like this, I feel it is appropriate to dress in my Scottish dress and celebrate," Sutherland said. (Heather Perry/MediaLab)
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