Oklahoma Democrats watch close national race

The Oklahoma Democratic Party held its election watch party at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. By the late evening, supporters were cheering states projected to be won by President Barack Obama and monitoring local election results.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: November 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012
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Media outlets immediately projected Mitt Romney to win Oklahoma when local polls closed, as expected. The crowd met the news with silence. As the night wore on, national election results revealed a tight race in swing states. Positive news for Obama and other Democrats was met with applause.

Early results showed Democrats were trailing in the race to control the state Legislature, congressional races. The seat belonging to U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, was expected to change party hands. He did not seek re-election.

One of the biggest cheers of the night came when media outlets projected Obama would win Wisconsin, a swing state and the home of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

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