Missouri Democrats Revel in Big Election Victories
Greene County Democrats filled the ballrooms of the Clarion Hotel on South Glenstone to watch election night coverage and celebrate the many victories for the party, the biggest of which was the election of Barack Obama as president. KSMU’s Brett Moser reported from the event to gather reactions from those in attendance as well as responses from local Democratic candidates.
Watching the end of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on three different projection screens in the room, the crowd in the ballroom shot to their feet, cheering and celebrating the election of the Democratic candidate.
Earlier, when Obama was first projected as the winner, many supporters were brought to tears. Some embraced and snapped photos to capture the prolific event, while others ecstatically called friends and loved ones on their cell phones.
In general, the mood of the event was one of celebration, even before results came in. Campaign workers, families, and individuals wanting to show support made up the crowd of over 500 people on election night. Attendees spilled into the lobby as the lines for food and drinks snaked around the dozens of round tables.
Democrat Sara Lampe, who won re-election for her state representative seat in the 138th district, was there. She said she’s glad the election’s over so she can give her undivided attention to people in her district.
Lampe says, “I have a lot of unfinished business I’d like to get back to and continue to work as I have across the aisle with my colleagues. We have a lot of work to do for the citizens of Missouri and I am deeply honored to go back and continue that work.”
Lampe also stated that she was overjoyed with the election of Obama and that she believes the local support for his campaign contributed to her victory.
It was an especially momentous election night for African Americans in attendance as they watched Barack Obama, the country’s first black president, take the podium in Chicago.
Orlando Hodges, Obama campaign volunteer and Student Body President of Missouri State University, says that as an African American, words cannot describe his feelings.
Hodges says, “One of Obama’s first speeches was when he talked about how we need to not be black America, white America, and red America, blue America. So hopefully after today I don’t have I to talk about myself as a black man in America. I can talk about myself as an American in America.”
For KSMU, I’m Brett Moser.