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posted Friday, November 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 46
Despite big wins, there were lots of tears at the Washington State Democrats' Election Night party at the Westin Seattle Hotel
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Despite big wins, there were lots of tears at the Washington State Democrats' Election Night party at the Westin Seattle Hotel

by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

I was excited to represent the Seattle Gay News at Washington's biggest Election Night party presented by the Washington State Democrats at the Westin Seattle Hotel this past Tuesday evening.

Mingling with thousands of attendees, spread out from the Westin lobby to the fourth level Grand Ballroom, I managed to catch up with King County Executive Dow Constantine, who was thrilled that his Sound Transit Prop 1 was destined for a win. Dow was also hoping for a Hillary win (no surprise!) and a Democratic majority in the State Senate (didn't happen), and specifically in the 41st district for State Senator candidate Lisa Wellman (she won).

When I asked what he thought of this election season, he replied, 'Exhausting.'

I also caught up with Erin Jones, candidate for State Superintendent in Public Instruction, who, when asked what her hopes were if she won against challenger, Chris Reykdal, replied, 'To focus on diversity and to unite the children of the state of Washington.'

I also caught up with retiring Congressman Jim McDermott, after he spoke to the crowd, and at almost 80, said, 'It is time to do something else.' Later, McDermott was spotted congratulating his successor at Pramila Jayapal's victory party at Optimism Brewing Company in Capitol Hill.

The atmosphere at the Westin diminished each time Trump won a state. I witnessed several instances of people fearful of the future and weeping at the possibility of a Trump presidency. Not even the local wins of Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray were enough to fully energize the emotional crowd.

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