Local Parties Celebrate, Vent After Obama Win

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CLEVELAND -- More than 350 Democrats packed the banquet room at the Double Tree hotel in downtown Cleveland Tuesday night.

That was the site of the official Cuyahoga County Democratic Party watch party.

After an exhausting campaign, the volunteers came to the event to watch the returns and continue rooting for President Barack Obama.

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At times throughout the night, the crowd grew anxious when the race seemed to tighten between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

But when the state of Ohio was called for the president, the crowd erupted in applause, chants and cheers.

As they hugged one another, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman Stuart Garson thanked them for their hard work. He said this victory isn’t just a win for President Obama, but also for all of the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to the re-election campaign.

Some of the volunteers traveled to Ohio from as far away as Toronto, Canada.

A group of about 27 Canadians have been in Cleveland for several days, as part of an international union group campaigning for President Obama in support of their union brothers and sisters who had endorsed the president.

One woman from New York said she has been in Cleveland for several months.

Faatima Campbell said, “I’m so happy and proud of our country.”

Bertrand Hall, of Cleveland, said he was ecstatic that all of the hard work paid off.

With the projected win, Ohio also once again lived up to its reputation.

No Republican has won the White House without Ohio and Ohio has selected the presidential winner in ever election since 1964.

The last Democrat to win the White House without Ohio was JFK in 1960.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County marked the end of Election Day with a watch party at a hotel on Rockside Road in Independence on Tuesday.

"I think that call was a little premature," said Chairman Robert Frost, when speaking about the results of the election. Frost, who was joined by hundreds of party faithful, said Gov. Mitt Romney's defeat was an unexpected outcome.

"I think what [Romney] represented was this economy coming back. We've seen it with Gov. Kasich," said Frost. "Now what we're gonna have," said Frost, "is continued gridlock and an inability to move this country forward."

"We're going down, the country is going down," said Romney supporter, Mikhail Alterman. "The debt isn't sustainable, the deficit is astronomical and this is before we get to Obamacare."

Before the results were released, Republicans were addressed via Skype by Ohio Governor John Kasich and Senator Rob Portman.  Portman, in particular, campaigned heavily for Romney and was an early-favorite for a possible running mate with Romney.

"I've been under employed, I've been under employed for the last six months," said Alex Warner, a Romney supporter.  "It's kinda a hard thing to take, I guess, knowing that I graduated college and I don't see much of anything out there for me."


Prior to Tuesday's loss, the former Massachusetts governor and his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, made a last-minute stop in Cleveland.  They arrived at Hopkins International Airport earlier in the day before stopping at a campaign office in Richmond Heights.

Both Romney and Ryan met with volunteers at the east side location before stopping for lunch at Wendy's.  From Cleveland, Gov. Romney headed to Pittsburgh and Rep. Ryan made a final stop in Richmond, Virginia.

Romney's campaign gathered in Boston, Massachusetts, which was called early in the night for President Obama.

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