WATCH: Montgomery Dems Celebrate Obama Win

Scenes from the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee's viewing party for Election Night 2012.


Some 150 Democratic boosters and party leaders gathered at the Hilton Hotel on Rockville Pike to watch the Election Day results, which doubled as a viewing party for results from the presidential race and for U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s run at the newly redrawn 8th Congressional district.

When Patch arrived at around 10 p.m., Van Hollen had already steamrolled past Republican challenger Ken Timmerman for the win. So all attention keened in on the large projection screen at the front of the room toggling back and forth among the TV news networks for updates of the presidential race.

Cheers went up when up as George Allen conceded his Senate race in Virginia to Democrat Tim Kaine, then again as the Democrats secured control of the Senate.

But Obama still trailed Romney in the Electoral College. Then came Hawaii. Then Iowa. Then Washington. And then, at 11:18 p.m., CNN projected an Obama victory in Ohio that pushed him past the 270 electoral votes needed for re-election.

The room erupted in celebration. Democratic comrades fell into each other’s effusive embrace, giddily mugged for photos and took to their smart phones to spread the news.

The mirth lingered on for more than half an hour, stoked up every time another state—Virginia, Colorado, Nevada—went Obama’s way and another network called the Democratic victory.

Celebrants had long since cleared out by the time Romney conceded defeat and Obama promised that "The best is yet to come."


Sandra James November 08, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Maryland, My Maryland. What happened? As a child, we grew up with lush green farms, plenty of food for all. Now we have hungry people? Our state was clean, now it is common place to see trash collected along the streets and communities. Crime was seldom heard of. Now, crime is rampid. Everyone pulled their weight, worked hard. Now we are expected to reach deeper into our pockets to pay for others misfortunes? What about our own personal misfortunes we all face day to day? We dealt with our misfortunes and didnt ask for handouts. Many dont have a job (and dont want a government handout). Maryland is 3rd in job loss. Fiscal misuse and abuse is prominent. It is unbelievable that people stand around and applaud? Applaud what? Interestingly, did you happen to notice the subtle changes in the language of the REFERENDUMS? I wonder about the voters that dont have command of the english language. Did they actually know what they were voting for? They can barely speak the english language (can they actually read our language)? Who will really be held accountable to ensure monetary proceeds from the new gambling casino's will actually go to support educational programs for the state? Why not use the funds from the casino to offset the "American Dream" instead of taxing Marylanders further? Maryland, My Maryland. What happended to you?
jag November 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
LOL. This is the comment of the day. Hope everyone else happens across it as well. What a nut.
Keith Best November 08, 2012 at 12:08 PM
The headlines should be screaming "Millions of Americans duped again". Axelrod and the Chicago gang ran one of the sleaziest campaigns ever defining Romney as something he was not. What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sadly, we will get more of the same from a president who was in over his head from day one. The Obamabots swallowed their lies, hook, line and sinker.


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