Local Republicans absorb McCain’s concession

  • Debra Smith
  • Tuesday, November 4, 2008 8:42pm
  • Local News

McCain is giving his concession speech and the room full of loyal Republican supporters is mostly standing, quietly absorbing the loss at a gathering at Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant in South Everett.

On television McCain thanks his running mate, Sarah Palin, and a woman at the back of the rooms says, “I liked her” and the room erupts into cheers.

Candidate Dan Kristiansen walks to the front of the room and reminds his supporters that the presidential race may be over, but there’s still plenty of fight left. In his first election, he was losing the first few hours before the tide turned, he says. It could be hours or even days before the results of some local races are known.

“Let’s get past the hurt,” he says. “Let’s get through this frustration. Please don’t give up yet. We have along way to go.”

And while a few supporters gather their coats and creep out the door, most settle in to the long tables draped in red to wait.

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