Boone County Democratic watch party sees a solemn end to the night

5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago November 09, 2016 Nov 9, 2016 Wednesday, November 09 2016 Wednesday, November 09, 2016 12:46:00 AM CST in News
By: Laurel Bloom, KOMU8 Digital Reporter

COLUMBIA — The room at the Blue Note where the Boone County Democrats held their watch party almost completely cleared out, even before the presidential election was called.

At the beginning of the party the room was high-energy. Everyone was standing around talking and watching the votes roll in.

Tao Weilundemo, a former delegate for Bernie Sanders, said he was looking forward to the down-ballot races.

“We’ve had people out doing door hangers, handing out stuff at the polls,” Weilundemo said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what sort of effect we’ve had, because I think we’re growing in strength. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the progressive movement.”

As the state and local races were called, the tension grew among the people at the party. People began booing at the screen when Republican candidates made victory speeches and spoke about their wins.

The watch party saw only two victory speeches, Kip Kendrick and Martha Stephens, both for the Missouri State House of Representatives. Kip Kendrick was an incumbent in the State House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2014.

As most races went to the Republicans, people began to leave early. Several candidates left the building without making concession speeches.

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