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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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— Democrats in Oklahoma settled in Tuesday for what was expected to be a rough night in local elections, but favorable early results in swing states bolstered their hopes for the national election.

“People are excited. They're expecting some victories,” state Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said.

State Democrats held their election watch party at the Reed Conference Center, adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel. A band played jazz music and pop covers on the second floor of the conference center, while supporters watched local and national election results come in on large televisions.

About 500 people roamed the conference center Tuesday night, socializing with like-minded voters and surrounding the TVs in semicircles while drinking cocktails and snacking on food from a buffet.

Most of the signage posted around the conference center supported President Barack Obama's ticket. Democrats were expected to be beaten decisively, by and large, in Oklahoma races, but were hopeful of a win on the presidential ticket nationally.

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