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Democrats Unite During Watch Party

Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were under one roof waiting for Super Tuesday election results in Missouri last night. But the only competition during the democratic watch party, was between the teams playing trivia. KSMU's Emily Nash reports.

NAT of trivia question..."Prior to 2006, when did the St. Louis Cardinals last win the world series?."

When they weren't watching for results on TV, supporters of both candidates socialized during a chili supper and trivia game night.

Only the buttons on each person's shirt gave an indication who they supported.

Bobby Lurie says she hasn't noticed any conflict between the two sides.


"We get along fine, we are Democrats."

Nora Cox is a volunteer who helped with the watch party and says regardless of who they support, Democrats have no problem coming together.

Nora "In the democratic party, there is always a saying that there is a big tent, and that people are welcome no matter if they agree on every single democratic position, that they are welcome in the party."

Missouri State University student Aaron Harp is rooting for Hillary Clinton. He says even though Democrats have their favorites, they'll rally around whoever wins the party's nomination.

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"Everybody is working toward the same goal, most people support Hillary and Barack, they just have their choice for the better candidate. I believe Hillary will be the better candidate but if Barack did get the ticket we would all support him and give him 100 percent." While Clinton supporters were overwhelmingly in the majority at the watch party, Obama fans were confident of their chances.

David Weinsaft is an Obama supporter from Springfield.

He was glued to the TV most of the night, watching the results from each state slowly come in.


"Even though Clinton might be ahead statistically in a lot of races, the delegates are distributed a lot differently than the percentages. So technically they are blindsided thinking that Clinton is going to win, when it could still be open to anybody's ball game.

Mathew Patterson is the executive director of the Democratic Party in Greene County.

He says even though there have been two strong democratic front runners, there's been no indication of a party split.


"I've had both campaigns working out of there at the same time, people are excited to say if that person doesn't win, I will vote for them, and you know vise versa."

Patterson says he's never seen people so excited this early in a presidential election year. He says it encourages people to get out and work hard for their favorite candidate.