Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Invigorating election night!

I'm pretty tired today, and yet still wired from last night. I spent the evening at WVBR and at Democratic party headquarters at the Plumbers and Steamfitters union hall. I'm always happier to be at Democratic HQ than at Republican HQ, because I know a lot more of the folks and because the atmosphere is more fun. (Though, the Republicans, who gather in the Royal Court Restaurant, do have the advantage of a full bar at their disposal, and I do always know some people there. I'd told Frank when I saw him at the pancake breakfast that I might see him again later, but I imagine he survived without me.)

Last night I got to see and chat with lots of folks, including Will Burbank, Michelle Berry, Jack Miller, Shane Seger, Linda Falkson, J.R. Clairborne, and Kathy Luz Herrera. The mood was an awful lot happier there than for some of my previous visits, not surprisingly. (Last year, I was actually at "Bush Must Go" HQ instead, where over the course of the evening, the mood became downright sepulchral.)

I voted for George Dentes in his last three elections, and actually helped peripherally with a couple of his campaigns, but this year it was a much harder choice to make, especially as a number of people whose political opinions I respect were supporting the Democratic challenger, Gwen Wilkinson.. Knowing as I arrived last night that we were going into the evening with some 1,300 absentee ballots on the books, I had a suspicion that we might not know the final results of this race last night. But as the numbers began to flow in, her lead began to look substantial... first in the heavily Democratic City of Ithaca, and then even in the surrounding towns, which tend to be more Republican. Even in the towns where Gwen lost, her numbers were strong enough that I began to suspect she was going to walk away with the election.

At one point, when we were talking about the possibility of the absentee ballots being important, Linda commented to me something along the lines of, "I think she's going to end the night with a slim lead." I looked at the wall again, and replied, "I don't think it's going to be slim."

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